14:00h

The Balearic Institute of Nature, IBANAT, have issued confirmation that Ibiza’s fire-planes and helicopters are working to extinguish a forest fire that has taken hold in the municipality of San Juan near the turning of Benirras. 

The statement was made just before 1pm on Wednesday 31st July. 

Forrest Fire in San Juan Near Benniras - Updated; Under Control
Forrest Fire in San Juan Near Benniras - Updated; Under Control

More as we get it. 

17:50h Update

IBANAT have reported that the fire is now contained, and we can confirm that the fire-planes have stopped their water runs into San Antonio bay. 

The Island is a tinderbox at this time of year and the firefighters together with the IBANAT teams did amazingly well to stop the fire in its tracks.

It had grown to cover 2,500 square metres by the time they were able to prevent any further spread. It could easily have been so much worse. 

Precautions

We ask that our tourist visitors please be vigilant in respect to any risk of fire. This is not just some preachy doo-gooder request, it really is a very important issue.

Some precautions are obvious – do not ‘flick’ away cigarette butts and remember open fires are totally prohibited. But some extra thought will go a long way – for instance remember that glass bottles can act as fire igniters when caught in the sun’s rays.