A forest fire which raged last night on Mojacar Playa (behind the Indalo at the end of the strip) forced the evacuation of around 100 people. The fire was declared safe by emergency services by early this morning, and they remain on scene to make sure it doesn’t come up again. Europa Press does not report any human of infrastructure costs. It is still not known how much land was burnt.
Fire update from The Reader: http://www.thereader.es/en/component/content/article/48-news-analysis/228-mojacar-fire-controlled-but-still-on-high-alert.html 2,500 ha burnt, it seems.
The BBC has sent out a team to cover the Mojacar wildfires. Some expats -including the young bro- interviewed here. It’s running constantly on BBC 24, and I would have thought that somebody would have shown them how to pronounce “Mojácar”. ITV actually called me up to confirm the pronunciation.
I’ve uploaded some photos, including photos of the aftermath, here http://thereader.es/mojacar-fire-photo-gallery.html?lang=en Photos of “old Mojacar” hill, cemetery at end of list
Water supplies are still cut off in many parts of Turre, Mojacar, Carboneras and Garrucha. All domestic water supply was cut off to provide as much supply and pressure to Mojacar as possible. I’m told that the system is almost empty and is being refilled. Can’t find any news on when supplies will be restored, I was told that the reservoirs in the mountains are still being refilled as fast as possible.
Full story here: http://thereader.es/en/component/content/article/48-news-analysis/219-mojacar-fires-under-control.html Fires appear to have been started on purpose and experts have been sent from Madrid.
I’ve just spoken to someone in MOjacar townhall who say around 50 houses have been burnt. An application has been made to declare the area a disaster zone in order for more equipment to be sent from the central government. There is a report over at local newspaper www.thereader.es which says more. Photos and information can be email to firstname.lastname@example.org