There are more than 3,500 hectares that have already devastated the forest fire in the valuable area of Sierra Bermeja. The flames continued unchecked early this Friday and yesterday a 44-year-old firefighter lost his life fighting the fire. Several uncontrolled fronts have forced the evacuation of a thousand people in the towns of Jubrique, Estepona, Benahavís and Genalguacil.
Without confirming the number of hectares affected, advanced by Diario SURLocal authorities assure that the affected land far exceeds the one that already suffered a fire in 2019. Land efforts are now focused on saving a valuable pine tree. It is, according to data from the Junta, one of the richest botanical enclaves in Andalusia and the Iberian Peninsula in terms of flora species. More than three quarters of the existing plant communities in Sierra Bermeja are included in the Habitats Directive of the European Union.
“We need the military now,” he declared Thursday night. to the SER Chain the mayor of Genalguacil, Miguel Ángel Herrera. According to data from Infoca (the device against forest fires of the Junta de Andalucía), more than 250 professionals – from six Andalusian provinces – and 13 heavy vehicles work on the ground. The air means, more than a dozen, are incorporated this Friday morning to the extinction tasks.
Pain and sadness
The firefighter who died on Thursday had six years of experience, he belonged to a checkpoint in Almería. “You can imagine the pain and sadness that, at the moment, reigns in the Command Post and in the entire Infoca Plan of Andalusia”, said the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Carmen Crespo, at the same time which has reported that an investigation has been initiated to clarify the causes of this terrible event.
An “enormous misfortune”, the Andalusian president, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, described it in his profile on the social network Twitter:
“My embrace, and the solidarity of the entire Government, with the family and colleagues of the Infoca Plan firefighter who died today while participating in the extinction of the fire in the Sierra Bermeja,” the President of the Government tweeted on Thursday night, Pedro Sanchez.