There are several beaches in our district but the immediate township area extends to Playa el Toro, Playa la Garita and Playa Arenal. Earlier in the evening we heard the sirens of the fire truck as it sped toward Playa el Toro. As the sun fell in the sky we looked out the back door and noticed a large orange glow towards the area where we get our ocean view when the tide is high. This was the view from our back porch:
Fearing that the fire was out of control with the unpredictable winds we’ve had lately and not knowing how far advanced it was we hopped in the truck to see what was happening.
Once we got closer to the beach it was clear that this was a large fire that was raging on the beach side of the road. We noticed that at least one of the property owners had their water hose at the ready prepared to put out any fire that may jump the road. The orange flames were raging through the dry brush above the beach area.
Not wanting to interfere with the work the firemen were doing to protect the house, B&B and Playa el Tora Restaurante we turned around to go down the road to Playa la Garita to see how far it had advanced.
It has been very dry in the district and we are in desperate need of rain. This is the second fire that we’ve witnessed close to the burg in three days. The best the firefighters can do with only one pumper truck is to protect any property in the fire’s path and hope that it will run out of fuel. Wet season is late in coming and it can’t get here soon enough.