The Environmental Prosecutor’s Office considers that the first data from the investigation of the Sierra Bermeja fire, which has already burned more than 7,000 hectares in the southwest of the province of Malaga, suggest that it has been caused intentionally, although it is early for information on authorship.
The Prosecutor’s Office has reported in a statement the first inquiries that have been carried out by both Seprona and the assigned forestry agents and that show the existence of several initial outbreaks originating practically simultaneously and close to two points of a little-traveled road, with possibility of parking vehicles, “which may point to an intentional etiology”.
The public prosecutor underlines the seriousness of the fire declared on Wednesday 8 and that, so far, has cost the life of a worker of the extinguishing teams, injured two other people, has forced the eviction of more than a thousand neighbors and it has caused “enormous damage from an environmental point of view”.
Three protected areas affected
The fire has burned three protected natural areas, the ZEC (Special Conservation Area) of the Sierra Bermeja and Real, the ZEC of the Genal River Valley and the Natural Park of Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja, and already affects more than 7,000 hectares.
The Office of the Prosecutor affects “the special complexity” of the investigation work due to the nature of the events and the priority given to the extinction work, so that “up to now there is not enough data on the possible authorship thereof”.
The investigation is carried out by the Seprona team in Malaga and the Investigating Court of Guardia de Ronda.