Friday, September 24

The air media resume their tasks against the Sierra Bermeja fire after an “intense night”

The air media have begun with the clear of the day to operate again in the Sierra Bermeja fire, which continues to ravage a large area of ​​forest land.

From the Ministry of Sustainable Development, in their Twitter account they have highlighted that the aerial work operates “after an intense night of work by the ground media.”

In addition, from Infoca they have also indicated that it has once again been an “intense night on all fronts”, although they have added that they have worked with “generally better conditions throughout the perimeter.” At this time, as they have explained, efforts are aimed at containing the eastern flank and its advance towards Casares and Monte Duque.

Meanwhile, the technical meeting takes place in which the strategy to end the fire that was declared on Wednesday night and that has caused the eviction of six municipalities and that has already devastated more than 7,400 hectares will be determined.

The day this Sunday rose to the number of affected by Jubrique, Genalguacil, Faraján, Pujerra, Alpandeire and Júzcar after being complicated by the paveseo, that is, the incandescent material from the first fire that caused a new front in Jubrique.

Thus, the total of evacuees by this “unprecedented” fire, with a perimeter of 85 kilometers and which has already burned 7,400 hectares, rose to 2,670 people during the day, but a thousand from Estepona and Benahavís can now return to their homes, under surveillance of the firefighters of the Provincial Consortium of Malaga. The bulk of the evacuees in the rest of the localities are in Ronda and also in municipalities such as Algatocín, Cortes de la Frontera or Benarrabá.

In Jubrique, 320 have been evicted, 300 from the main nucleus – this Sunday – in addition to those already evacuated days ago from Charco Azul (16) and La Monarda (4). In the case of Genalguacil, 250 people have been evicted from the main nucleus, 261 from Faraján, 263 from Alpandeire, 214 from Júzcar and 308 from Pujerra.

All the evictions have taken place in advance and with the maximum security measures, according to the designed Contingency Plan and, according to the Junta de Andalucía, the mayors of these six towns had been pre-alerted and have been informed at all times of the minute. within a minute of the operation.

The deputy director of the Regional Operational Center (COR) of Infoca, Alejandro García, reported during the morning from the Advanced Command Post, in Estepona, of the changes that occurred during the night and in the early hours of the day, regretting that despite the good work done during the early morning the pavesa was a “sudden circumstance: it is something possible but not foreseeable and it has generated a new fire”.

In his statements, García alluded to the “unusual power and strength” of this fire compared to those “that we are used to seeing in our country.” In fact, due to the irruption of the pavesa and the generation of a new fire in Jubrique, the activation of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) was requested, which has been working on the ground since noon and has 260 troops from the II Battalion. of Intervention in Emergencies.

On Sunday night, the director of the COR of Infoca, Juan Sánchez, assured that it is the “most complex fire that the forest fire extinguishing services have known in recent times.” He also regretted that the meteorological predictions “have continuously failed something that for us is key: the speed and direction of the wind.”

Sánchez has admitted that being next to the Strait causes more complex forecasts, so the arrival of the FAST team of specialists will allow “fine tuning”. In this sense, if these current predictions are fulfilled, the works during tonight are expected to be more favorable although there is “a Plan B or C because so far the forecasts have been playing a trick on us.”

He reiterated that it is a “very complex” fire and that “operations have been carried out with total diligence”, again regretting the death of an Infoca firefighter last Thursday: “For me it is an unforgivable issue that we will have to study very deeply. ”

The FAST teams were also activated during the day, specialists from other communities who have been asked for radiosonde equipment and one from specialists in the use of heavy machinery, which in this fire is very limited due to the steep orography of the terrain. Everything to fine-tune the intervention as much as possible.

Likewise, the MA-8302 road at kilometer 15 in Genalguacil and the MA-8301 is cut from kilometer 3.5 in Estepona to kilometer 32 in Jubrique. Also the MA-7306 from kilometer 0 in Parauta to 5 in Cartajima, the MA-7307 in Alpandeire, between kilometers 0 and 8, the MA-8304 from kilometer or 5 in Genalguacil and the MA-8305 from km 0 in Algatocín to 12 in Jubrique. Also this Monday from 112 they have added the cut in Pujerra of the MA-7300 at kilometer 5. Likewise, it is not possible to cycle along the MA-527 forest road, which leads precisely to the MA-7300.

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