Howard Dickson sent me this rather amazing photo, taken looking south from Los Llanos (Cucador). And Petter Finne (from the Advertiser) sent me this one, taken last night up above Mojacar as the flames came over towards Cabrera Thanks chaps. Keep those photos coming!
Here are some photos sent to me by John Furley, taken early this morning. I should stress that now (12.51) only a few plumes of smoke from the other side of the mountain are visible, but plenty of planes and activity still going on. The road to Cortijo Grande is still closed, although a number of private cars have been escorted to the entrance where they are waiting, so it may be that house owners Continue reading More fire photos
Infoca, the forest fire people, say that the probably cause of the fire was a lightening strike from the storms we had yesterday. While Almeria city and Albox suffered intermittent showers throughout the day, the Levante just had a dry thunderstorm, steady winds and temperatures of up to 40ºC.
I had over 1,046 more visitors in 8 hours yesterday than I normally receive, and have received around 30 emails asking for more information on the fire. I can’t really get into specifics with individuals over the email, but I’ll keep posting what little I know here. Currently, the police are still making safe the area and won’t let anyone up. According to Local Police, if all goes well and the fire experts say OK, Continue reading Thanks for visiting!
The main bulk of the fire is out, although it is still burning away up in the mountains. The Guardia are still not letting anyone up into Cortijo Grande, although the Turre – Los Gallardos road has reopened. Over 2,000 heactacres (20 square km) was burnt, according to media reports. It has been confirmed by an eyewitness that Finca Listonero was burnt, along with a number of cortijos close by. El Almeria newspaper says that Continue reading Fire still smouldering
No idea what´s happened to Cabrera, but the flames seems to be all around it. These photos are taken from near the Turre road, in front of the Cortijo Grande entrance (near the bridge). You can see how hard the wind is blowing:
Canal Sur says that 300 houses in the mountains have been evacuated so far. The fire started in Cerro de la Mezquita and has spread rapidly. 53 fire units have been assigned so far, as well as two amphibian aircraft, three normal planes, an overall command plane, four helicopters and two large capacity helicopters.
Due to the smoke, I´ve left Turre and moved further up the valley. Cabrera and Cortijo Grande have been evacuated and the roads sealed off by Guardia. The fire now extends from the right of Cabrera down to Mojacar. A number of (3?) helicopters are ferrying water from a local reservoir. The light is currently terrible, as a huge pall of smoke has now gone over the house. And a large bulldozer on a lorry Continue reading Fire coming down into valley
A huge fire is raging over Cabrera. Started this late morning with a small one in the pine forests off the the right of Cabrera. By 4 o’cock, it had spread and here is a photo of the smoke from Mojacar beach. You can see the blue of the sky off to the right of the smoke. I’m back at my flat in Turre (at the bottom of the hills) and there is no point Continue reading Fire over Cabrera