2016 Benidorm forest fire

2016 forest fire

The 2016 Javea forest fire was a forest fire which happened in early September 2016 near Benidorm. The fire burnt more than 800 hectares of land and destroyed at least twenty homes in the area. Authorities later stated it was likely to have been started deliberately.


The fire started on one of the hottest recorded days of the year, but the media reported the possibility of arson[1] and not an accidental fire. Valencia emergency service officials stated concerns that the fire could have been started deliberately.[2][3]


More than 200 firefighters[2] were deployed to put the fire out.[3]


  1. Sims, Alexandra (4 September 2016). "Benidorm fire: Hundreds evacuated from holiday villas". The Independent. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Spain forest fires force evacuation of residents and tourists". BBC News. 5 September 2016. Archived from the original on 21 October 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "El incendio en Jávea arrasa más de 800 hectáreas y deja miles de desalojados en la zona". El Mundo (in Spanish). EFE. 6 September 2016. Archived from the original on 30 November 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016.