Junta reinforces fire fighting measures in province

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

Hundreds flee homes ahead of Valencia forest fire

A huge blaze in forests around Valencia have forced hundreds of people to flee their homes overnight. Seven care homes for the elderly in Torrent were evacuated by emergency services overnight as they were unable to guarantee their safety ahead of the blaze, along with dozens of individual homes in the area. An entire urbanisation, “Santa Domingo” in nearby Chiva was emptied overnight by police. Two people were rescued by firefighters after being overcome by Continue reading Hundreds flee homes ahead of Valencia forest fire

Additional fire units from across Andalusia arrive in sorbas

Ideal newspaper reports that 180 fire fighters from 18 brigades, from Almeria, jaen, Cordoba and Malaga are fighting the sorbas – lucainena blaze. 9 air units are also involved, although the high winds makes their use complicated. Infoca the fire agency says the fire is in a difficult spot in the mountains with difficult or no ground access. However they say they have the fire surrounded and expected it to be fully controlled by early Continue reading Additional fire units from across Andalusia arrive in sorbas

Sorbas fire appears out of control

There’s a large fire spreading over sorbas towards the mountains. We sat about 600 metres away from nearest fire and watched the line of fire rush up and over mountains. 4 separate fires, some distance apart then joined up. Two helicopters on scene not achieving much. Every now and again a gust of really black smoke went up – could have been building or olive tree. On way home met a very belated convoy of Continue reading Sorbas fire appears out of control

Gadór forest fire burns 3,500 ha of forest and scrub – hydroplane video!

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!

Army called in to fight forest blaze above Almeria city in Gádor mountains

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.