All naked flames banned as from today

All naked flames in the countryside have now been banned between June 1 and October 15 across Andalusia. Barbecues (of any type), naked flames, bonfires etc are all banned. This includes motorway rest areas or countryside sporting or public camp areas, even if there are installations for such barbecues.As is the transit of motor vehicles in forest areas or within 400 metres of said designated areas. Bee keepers are also affected, as they must used Continue reading All naked flames banned as from today

BBQ and bonfires forbidden for the summer

The summer fire season has started and as from yesterday naked flames, BBQ’s, bonfires and the like are forbidden in open areas across Andalucia. They will remain illegal until the 15th of October. It’s part of the 2015 INFOCA plan which mobilises fire fighting brigades across Andalucia and attempts to “educate citizens” about the risk of fire, in the Orwellian Spanish. This year, 4,500 professionals, 39 air units, 8 mobile control units, 116 heavy vehicles Continue reading BBQ and bonfires forbidden for the summer

Two fires in Bedar in three days

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

Power lines caused both recent major fires

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).

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

Crucial control equipment stolen from regional firefighting HQ

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.

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