Sardinal blaze threatens two resorts along coast

Two vacation hotspots in Guanacaste got a little bit too hot Monday when a brush fire nearby threatened the beachside retreats.

The Cuerpo de Bomberos reports that at approximately 3 p.m. Monday a forest fire ignited and began to spread across undeveloped vegetation. Firefighters were en route to the blaze in Sardinal in Carrillo a half hour after it had begun. According to official reports, the fire, fueled by winds, passed across 20 hectares total, about 49 acres. The blaze came close to the Villa del Sol and Condovac La Costa resorts, said fire fighters.

The blaze was eventually suppressed at 11:30 p.m. by 16 firefighters with the support of two extinguishing units, one rescue unit and two support vehicles from Filadelfia, Nicoya and Liberia. A spokesperson for the firefighters said neither of the beach resorts were damaged, but half a dozen responders were affected by the smoke but could be attended to at the scene.

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