The Regional Operational Center of Infoca, the device against forest fires of the Junta de Andalucía, which is in command of the fire extinguishing maneuvers of Sierra Bermeja, in Malaga, has ordered the withdrawal of a large part of the ground troops by the presence of a pyrocumulus in the area of the fire.
The Sierra Bermeja fire forces the confinement of two municipalities after destroying more than 3,600 hectares
But what is a pyrocumulus? “The warm air mass formed by water vapor and ash, and caused by the forest fire, rises very quickly, condensing when encountering a colder environment, giving rise to a cloud of smoke that can be accompanied by an electrical device although it rarely rains “, explains the environmental technician and meteorological disseminator, says Carlos Puentes Luque.
These clouds, very similar to those that occur in volcanic eruptions and “shaped like cauliflower” can cause the creation of lightning and electrical discharges. For this reason, Luque understands Infoca’s decision to withdraw the 300 people who make up the ground operation of the 550 mobilized troops and who since Thursday night have been working to fight the fire that has already destroyed more than 3,600 hectares.
The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno, is in the Advanced Command Post of Plan Infoca. “The pyrocumulus, to explain it in a simple way, is a screen in the form of a storm that can collapse. If it is or is like this, it is as if it rained fire in the form of crayons (light part that jumps out of an inflamed matter and ends up becoming Ashes, according to the RAE) “has said in statements to La Sexta.
Moreno has also remarked that this circumstance can affect already burned areas and new ones in a radius that can double or triple. Until 10 at night, according to the Andalusian president, they will remain “waiting” to see how this phenomenon evolves.
The forest fire has also caused the confinement of the municipalities of Jubrique and Genalguacil. The National Police have asked the population to stay in their homes and keep doors and windows closed to prevent the entry of smoke. He has also recommended avoiding traffic and has reported that the road that connects Estepona and Genalguacil, the MA-8301, remains closed from the beginning of the road.
According to updated data, the virulence of the fire has forced the eviction of more than 1,000 people and has claimed the life of a 44-year-old forest firefighter.
The adverse conditions continue to make it difficult to extinguish the “complex” fire, which is why the authorities have declared level 2 of the Forest Fire Emergency Plan of the Autonomous Community.