Police have arrested a 19 year old Bedar man, J. G. H., on charges of looting two houses whose owners were evacuated from Bedar during the fires. J.G.H. took the opportunity to return to Bedar whilst the evacuation was in force and broke into the two homes in order to plunder them, taking cash, valuables, jewelery, and computer equipment. However, a police officer who had spotted J.G.H. roaming around during the evacuation put two and Continue reading Man who looted empty Bedar fire houses caught
A warrent has been issued by the Guardia Civil for the person who set Bedar on fire last Saturday. Police have refused to identify the suspect but say that patrols are actively looking for the person and they expect an arrest later today, although Europa Press breaking news has said that the person has now been arrested and charged. The person has been reported to be a A.F. (69), who set fire to the hills Continue reading Police arrest Bedar arsonist
The final figures released on the Bedar fire say that 374 ha of land, mainly scrub and pines, were burnt by the weekend forest fire. A great deal of the land was included within the special conservation area (LIC) of the Sierra Bedar. A number of houses – the exact number has not been released- were damaged, mainly isolated villas and cortijos around the Serena / Los Pinos area. A search of facebook will bring Continue reading Junta promises reforestation aid to Bedar
A source with knowledge in the local fire dept told me earlier that investigators don’t believe a lit cig set the place on fire, but instead think it’s possible that a power tool being used inappropriately set the place afire. An axle grinder or tile cutter is suspected. Although this is not official… just what the firemen are chatting about. Now, I’m also told that at this very moment several Guardia Civil cars, accompanied by Continue reading Bedar fires – arrests imminent?
Bedar has been reopened amongst many votes of thanks from all residents and authorities to the brave firefighters who worked so hard to prevent a greater disaster. Here’s a video from national TVE1: 1.000 evacuados desde anoche por el incendio de Bedar, AlmeríaVer vídeo The fire has now been declared fully controlled, although firefighters continue to make safe the zone. Only two injuries have been reported, both firefighters suffering from smoke inhalation who were Continue reading Bedar reopened
At a 13:00 press briefing, the Authorities say that the fire is “controlled”, has burnt at least 400 hectares of scrub and pine, and was almost certainly a deliberate act. Sonia Ferrer, the delegate of the Government for the Junta de Andalucia in the province, told journalists that the Infoca and UME teams continue to scour the burnt areas to ensure that the fire does not spring back into life, and added that there is Continue reading Fire contained, several houses destroyed, started on purpose says Junta
A 10:30 press statement by the Civil Governors’ office in Almeria says that over 2,000 people continue to fight the fire in Bédar, and that the village remains shut. The Governor says that 14 Infoca brigades, each consisting of 98 people, are active, as well as two ground loading planes, seven helicopters and a spotter plane. The military units from the UME are also on the ground with 88 specialists and some thirty vehicles. The Continue reading 2000 people continue to fight the fire says government
As of 8:30 this morning, the Bedar fire continued, but now the other side of the Bedar mountains and well away from the village. The fire appeared to be mainly contained. At least 250 hectares of scrub and pinetrees were burnt, according to a statement last night by the Delegate of the Government in Almeria. Units from the Army’s Emergency Response Unit (UME) turned up overnight with three powerful fire trucks and more manpower, helping Continue reading Fire continues – Environmental deputy says fires were intentional
A nasty image, but the first that came to mind when I took this photo. I’m told that the Los Gallardos sports centre has been opened as a temporary base for evacuees, and that free beds, food and water are available there.
Photo taken at 20:40, you can clearly see the flames as they crest over the top of the hills behind Bedar.