Fire crews worked through the night. | @xarxaforestal


Fire crews from the Majorca Fire Service and the Ibanat agency have worked through the night to tackle the widespread blaze near Puerto Pollensa that broke out around half nine yesterday evening in the Coll de Siller area. A water-bombing helicopter was deployed at first light.

The fire, classified as Level One (risk to property) by the Ibanat agency at half ten on Wednesday evening started the Coll de Siller area and moved towards the Vilar estate. It was said to have extended for up to five kilometres. There was evacuation of some sixty properties.

The cause of the fire is believed to have been a substation short circuit. Cala San Vicente was left without electricity.

High winds hampered the fire crews, while the bypass road to Formentor in Puerto Pollensa and the main road between Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa were both closed. There was anxiety about the fire moving towards a gas storage facility.

Pollensa mayor, Miquel Àngel March, said that evacuations were as a precaution and that there had been no damage to property. President Armengol tweeted to express her concern and support for the fire service in tackling the blaze.

Update (08.45): The fire risk has been reduced to Level 0, meaning that there is no longer risk to property.