The 112 emergency service declared two fires in Jumilla at dawn on Saturday caused by lightning strikes during the night, which has also affected the Castilian-La Mancha town of Hellín. The general director of Citizen Security and Emergencies of Murcia, Fulgencio Perona, traveled to the affected area, located in the area of La Patoja and La Celia, where the members of the Emergency Civil Protection Plan for Forest Fires are working. in the Region of Murcia (Infomur Plan).
Given the difficulties that are being encountered in extinguishing the fire, the mobilization of the Military Emergency Unit has been requested. In the extinction work that is being carried out, from the emergency service they have highlighted “the support of agricultural machinery from individuals, preventing the fire from spreading.”
Around 09:00 in the morning, ‘Situation 2’ was changed given the progress of the fire: an emergency level that is activated when one or several fires can seriously affect the population and non-forest nature, for which reason adopt protection and relief measures. The La Patoja fire covered eight kilometers in length at 11:00 in the morning.
Two helicopters with their helicarried brigades and facilitated by the Community of Castilla-La Mancha, joined the fire extinction work at 10:00 in the morning, along with another helicopter from the Valencian Community.
From the emergency service they reported at noon on the situation of the fire extinction work, which continues both on the ground with the forestry brigades and the helicopters deployed, as well as by aerial means that with the rotations established by the extinction technicians, They discharge water in the most difficult access areas. As of 5:00 p.m., according to the State Meteorological Agency, an intensification of the wind is expected that will shift to the north component.
The 112 has indicated that an extinction technician with the Advanced Command Post of the General Directorate of the Natural Environment, six forestry brigades with environmental agents, three helicopters from the General Directorate of Citizen Security and Emergencies, a Kamov helicopter and two FOCA amphibious planes from the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, firefighters from the Murcia Region Fire Extinction and Rescue Consortium, Jumilla Civil Protection volunteers, and members of the Jumilla Local Police and the Civil Guard .
Along with the director general of Citizen Security and Emergencies, are the Minister of the Environment, Antonio Luengo, and the mayor of Jumilla, Juana Guardiola.