In the summer months, when the ground is tinder dry you have to be extra careful when you are out in the campo not to start fires. A cigarette end, an unattended barbecue is all that it takes to set alight the dry material on the ground.
Of course there are always going to be accidents but it is surprising how many of the fires are deliberately started by sick minded people.
On Monday evening, fire-fighters were called to the golf course at Villamartin close to Calle Cañón Hillys, where a large fire had broken out. Early investigations by the fire service suggest that this fire may have been started deliberately and two youths are currently helping police with their enquiries.
The fire was particularly ferocious and required not only the fire brigade from Torrevieja but also two hydroplanes and two helicopters to be despatched from Alicante. The Guardia Civil and Proteccion Civil were also in attendance, so it was a major incident for the emergency services.
The risk to lives, to property and the enormous cost, I hope the perpetrators thought it was worth it.