Firestarters – 2 men arrested on suspicion of setting fires

by Lorraine Williamson
suspicion of setting fires

The Guardia Civil have arrested a 68-year-old man and a 36-year-old man on suspicion of either intentionally setting fires, or by gross imprudence or negligence.

The first, the 68-year-old is accused of setting 4 fires in Jaraíz de la Vera (Cáceres).


Since the time of high fire risk was declared by the Infoex Plan of the Junta de Extremadura, on May 23, the town of Jaraíz de la Vera (Cáceres) has suffered different forest and agricultural fires.

Close to the urban centre

The fires took place between the months of June and July in the town of Jaraíz de la Vera (Cáceres). Furthermore, two of the fires were very close to the urban centre.

Following an investigation into the fires, the Guardia Civil determined that they were lit deliberately.


On the morning of July 27, Guardia Civil agents belonging to the SEPRONA of Jarandilla de la Vera (Cáceres) arrested the alleged perpetrator of the 4 forest fire crimes. The fires took place from the end of June in Jaraíz de la Vera (Cáceres).

The detainee is a 68-year-old man. He is allegedly responsible for 4 of the forest fires produced in urban areas and adjacent to the town of Jaraíz de la Vera (Cáceres). Furthermore, two of the wild fires were very close to the last constructions of the nucleus urban. One was near the Cuesta la Sorda area. While the other was between the towns of Torremenga (Cáceres) and Jaraíz de la Vera (Cáceres).

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La Rioja

Meanwhile, in La Rioja, the Guardia Civil investigated the alleged perpetrator of the forest fire in Monte Yerga (La Rioja).

The flames devastated 104 hectares of pastures, continental-type scrubland (herbaceous and dense scrub) and repopulation trees. Once the fire was put out, the SEPRONA of the Guardia Civil moved to the affected area to carry out an exhaustive technical-ocular inspection. This made it possible to verify that the fire originated outside a habitable country house located in Casillas de Valverde. Consequently, this culminated in the identification, location, and investigation of a resident of the area.


The investigation carried out by the Guardia Civil determined that one of the users of the plot, who imprudently and a few hours before the fire broke out, carried out a burning or a bonfire without taking all the security measures. Moreover, there is a ban in force from the Ministry of Sustainability, Ecological Transition.

Furthermore, the weather conditions that existed on the day of the events, included high temperatures and low humidity. Consequently, this caused the illegal burning or bonfire to encounter vegetable fuel and spread uncontrollably.

The person identified, is a 36-year-old man from Alfaro (La Rioja). It is thought he is the alleged perpetrator of the crime of forest fire due to gross imprudence or negligence.

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