This year is going to be fierce for forest fires, as the drought over the winter means the hills are covered in dry and dead vegetation, and a very hot summer is expected. We’ve already lost more land to fire this year than during all of 2013, and the Junta de Andalucia is expecting that this year could be the worst for a decade for fire. So they’ve leased two new aerial units: a Bell Continue reading Junta reinforces fire fighting measures in province
The massive fire above Almería city is out now, and has burnt some 3,500 ha of land. Scrub and pine forest have all gone up in flames. The municipalities of Enix, Alhama de Almería, Santa Fe de Mondújar, Terque & Gádor were all affected. The possible cause was a tree falling onto a power line during the high winds of last week, causing a fire which quickly spread. Here are a couple of videos I Continue reading Gadór forest fire burns 3,500 ha of forest and scrub – hydroplane video!
The blaze in the Sierra de Gádor continues tonight unabated, and high winds of up to 85 kph only served to fan the blaze. As night fell, 50 fire fighting specialists from the Army’s UME (Emergency Military Unit) arrived with heavy fire fighting trucks, to reinforce the more than 200 professional firefighters already in the area.