A long hot summer awaits, and the first of the forest fires have already come. The first happened over the weekend, and a helicopter was called in to dowse the flames after firefighters found it too difficult to get up the mountain. Todays fire, which started at about 11am, ended the same way with a helicopter again being called in. The cause of both fires is unknown, but Civil Protection is warning that this summer Continue reading Two fires in Bedar in three days→
Downed power lines caused both recent major fires in Almeria province, according to the official INFOCA investigation into the cause of the blazes which destroyed almost 6,000 ha of forest and scrub. The usual blight of unnecessary, badly maintained, unsightly Endesa power lines that run riot over the province have again caused major disruption. (Not a fan of the company).
Bonfires in rural areas have been forbidden as from the 1st of May in a sudden move by the Junta to stave off any more forest fires. It’s a month earlier than expected, and any permits that have been issued for the month of May have been annulled by the Environmental Ministry.
Staff at the regional HQ of INFOCA arrived to work this Saturday morning to find that crucial equipment had been stolen overnight. Investigations into all of the recent fires in the province have been set back as the data has now vanished. Emergency equipment was lent by Granada and Jaen units to help Almería continue working until it can be replaced.
A large fire is raging at the end of Mojacar Playa. The fire is between Los Amigos and the hotels at the end of the Playa. I am told that emergency services have evacuated the area and are trying to control the situation. At 11:30pm the fire was behind both end hotels but it appears that so far it has not spread to any more buildings. Use the comments box to update us with news. Continue reading Fire rages in Mojacar→
http://www.villadeturre.com/ From Turre town hall.
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.
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.