At a 13:00 press briefing, the Authorities say that the fire is “controlled”, has burnt at least 400 hectares of scrub and pine, and was almost certainly a deliberate act. Sonia Ferrer, the delegate of the Government for the Junta de Andalucia in the province, told journalists that the Infoca and UME teams continue to scour the burnt areas to ensure that the fire does not spring back into life, and added that there is Continue reading Fire contained, several houses destroyed, started on purpose says Junta→
As of 8:30 this morning, the Bedar fire continued, but now the other side of the Bedar mountains and well away from the village. The fire appeared to be mainly contained. At least 250 hectares of scrub and pinetrees were burnt, according to a statement last night by the Delegate of the Government in Almeria. Units from the Army’s Emergency Response Unit (UME) turned up overnight with three powerful fire trucks and more manpower, helping Continue reading Fire continues – Environmental deputy says fires were intentional→
At 18:30 the fire is still raging in Bedar, despite the best efforts of the fire forces. It appears to be raging around the epicentre, and a light breeze is feeding it. Despite the fact that the wind is blowing from Turre towards the fire, we are getting a lot of ash falling on us, showing that higher up winds are blowing the opposite way.
A large fire fighting plane has now joined the two helicopters, as the fire appears to have raged up again, but they are now making inroads into the blaze. I can see some large gouts of fires, not sure if that’s trees or… a house? Photos taken 15:30, but delayed because the website ran out of bandwidth due to the interest in the photos 🙂
As the wind dies away, it seems that El Pinar may be safe from the flames as they retreat into the next valley. Photos taken at 14:50. Police confirm that all the roads in that area are closed due to the fire, and that people are only allowed through depending on the conditions. They are asking people not to congregate at the entrance to the Bedar road to allow emergency vehicles through.
Seems to be avoiding Bedar now, the fire is surrounding El Pinar and heading over the hills towards Serena. You can clearly see the flames through the smoke, and at one point the flames roared up a hill behind El Pinar. Taken at 14:30.
In just over twenty minutes, you can see how the fire raged across the valley and is now reaching El Pinar