Ken Cross pointed out tha the Daily Mail has used my photos on their website here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1199811/500-people-evacuated-forest-fires-threaten-holiday-homes-Cabrera-Spain.html Fair enough, but it would have been nice if they´d given me a proper credit!
The small fire is now out, after some sterling work by a passing helicopter that jetted up and down from Cortijo Grande golf course. A few fire men are walking around, poking at things. However, the helicopter is now flying over the other side of the mountain, so there could be another fire there – it’s dropping water there.
About 15 mins ago the gf spotted a small plume of smoke off to the left of Cabrera. She called it in, and the fire is spreading although still small. Flames visible through the binoculars. There is a steady breeze and the flames are spreading. Fire trucks and Guardia just went past heading up into the hills.
http://www.villadeturre.com/ From Turre town hall.
In response to the many questions about the state of Cortijo Grande, here’s a couple of photos: All the mountains around the golf course, are, basically, black. Period.
Cabrera and Cortijo Grande are all reopened and things are getting back to normal. Lots of Junta vans everywhere, assessing the damage and building an ecological report up. Guardia Civil are still present at most entrances to the mountains, unofficially I’m told that they are there to discourage any light handed Larries who may take it upon themselves to start the “cleanup” early. A few plains clothes, too! Two fires remain, but they were both Continue reading Fire update (16/07) – only one house destroyed, according to Junta
Just in from the Junta, via the townhall. Around 4,000 ha were burnt in the fire. 600 civilians plus the military were involved in putting it out. They have confirmed that one house has been gutted by fire, but refused to confirm further damages. No injuries have been reported. Two fires remain but are both reported as being under control and expect to be put out before nightfall.
Howard has sent me this update, which I’m copying here: I have been to Cabrera this morning. The campo is very black but actual damage to property seems slight, unless you happen to own Finca Listonero which is still burning. It is extraordinary how the flames have not destroyed all the houses, but they seem intact, albeit a few are a little scorched. Cortijo Grande appears to be completely undamaged, although the rough is now Continue reading Update from Howard
Cortijo Grande has been reopened, at least the lower half. The upper half and Cabrera are still closed. Roads must still be cleared and not obstructed under any circumstances. A large plume of smoke shot up 20 mins ago to the far right of Cabrera and helicopters have moved over. Plumes of smoke are still coming out from the other side of the mountains. Finca Listonero and some houses nearby are a “bulldozer job” according Continue reading Cortijo Grande reopened – fire burnt around 4,000 ha
If you use Facebook, Prensa Turre (which is a facebook account used by the Turre town hall) is going up through the mountains and updating the public via phone. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/prensaturre?ref=mf Currently, he reports that the road is only open as far as Cortijo Grande, and you need to be a home owner to go that far. Not too much damage to the small hamlets of Los Moralicos, Cufrias, La Carrasca.