Mellieħa Mayor Dario Vella has appealed to authorities to introduce a 24/7 management plan for l-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa after a camping fire caused extensive damage to the area.
The grass fire was first reported at 4am this morning. CPD arrived on-site where they managed to control the fire until it stopped burning at 8:30am.
The blaze destroyed an extensive number of trees and animals.
According to TVM, people are being held in custody in connection with the fire. It is believed that they were camping at the site during the night without a permit and left a fire which spread due to the wind.
Mellieħa Mayor Dario Vella took to Facebook to express his grief over what happened which he described as a “massacre.”
Vella also appealed to authorities to implement a 24/7 management plan of the area to stop the chances of a fire happening again.
“I realised that there is a need for a serious management plan twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Only then can I believe that all these abuses can be stopped in this grove,” he said.