Wednesday, October 5

A thousand troops and fifty aerial resources fight the fires in Vall d’Ebo and Bejís, which are still “very active”

A thousand people and almost fifty aerial media participate this Tuesday in the extinction of the two major fires in the Valencian Community, the one in Vall d’Ebo (Alicante) and the one in Bejís (Castellón), which despite the “great effort ” to combat them they advance and continue “very active”.

This has been explained by the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, before the meeting of the Comprehensive Operational Coordination Center (Cecopi) to deal with some fires in the Valencian Community of which he has said that “positive” news cannot yet be given .

He has indicated that the Vall d’Ebo fire has already burned close to 10,000 hectares, has a perimeter of 65 kilometers and twenty-two aerial means participate in its extinction, while the Bejís fire has already destroyed between 700 and 800 hectares, has a perimeter of 20 kilometers and twenty-five aerial media combat it due to the “enormous difficulty” of the orography, which prevents ground media from acting at the moment.

Puig has insisted that the two large fires in the community, once those in Les Useres (Castellón) and Calles (Valencia) have been stabilized, have “high activity” and are still in a state of “progress”, despite the efforts of the people and media that are fighting them, and has pointed out that the “key piece” to solve them is going to be the evolution of the weather situation.

He has stressed that the weather is “very adverse”, since changing winds blow that make it possible to speak of “very diverse” situations within the same fire and make it difficult to plan extinction; In addition, the temperatures continue to be very high and the humidity is around 10 or 15 percent, which makes it difficult to stop the fire.

Puig has pointed out that the Vall d’Ebo fire has “two important fronts that are very much alive” and has recalled that it has been necessary to transfer some 1,500 people, who have been covered together with the Red Cross through shelters installed in Pego and Alcoy Wall.

Asked if it is possible that new evictions will take place -more than a thousand people have had to be relocated due to the proximity of the flames-, he has said that at this moment it is not planned, although in Bejís they are very attentive to the direction of the wind, as the fire could force more villages to be evacuated.

He has underlined that the priority at the moment is the safety of the people – of the neighborhood of the affected municipalities and of the emergency personnel who intervene in the extinction – because the worst that can happen is that there is a personal misfortune, beyond the loss of the natural heritage that is being produced.

The Valencian Community has “sufficient resources” to fight these fires, said Puig, who thanked the help of both the Government of Spain and the Military Emergency Unit and the neighboring autonomous communities, such as Murcia, Aragón, Castilla-La Mancha and Catalonia.