More than a thousand people evicted from their homes due to the forest fire in Sierra Bermeja, declared last Thursday, can now return to their homes. Specifically, these are those of the Forest Hill and Abejeras urbanizations in Estepona and the Montemayor urbanization in Benahavís.
Sierra Bermeja burns shortly after its inclusion in the Sierra de las Nieves National Park was requested
This was announced on Sunday night by the Minister of the Presidency, Public Administration and Interior of the Junta de Andalucía, Elías Bendodo, together with the holder of Sustainable Development, Carmen Crespo, who have specified that the southern perimeter of the fire is ” practically stabilized and allows relocation now. ” The residents will return accompanied by the firefighters of the Provincial Consortium of the County Council, who will monitor the area.
The virulence of the fire caused that on Sunday the Operational Directorate of the Infoca Plan decreed the preventive evacuation of the municipalities of Faraján, Pujerra, Alpandeire and Júzcar that joined the previous evictions of Jubrique and Genalguacil. Before the authorization for the residents of Estepona and Benahavís to return to their homes, the total number of evacuees exceeded 2,600 people, according to data provided by the Junta de Andalucía.
The evacuees have been transferred to the “El Fuerte” Sports Center in Ronda, as reported by the Andalusian Emergency 112 service, where various local volunteer groups from Civil Protection as well as the Red Cross are working on this operation.
An “unprecedented” fire
In their speech, both Bendodo and Crespo and the director of the Regional Operational Center, Juan Sánchez, thanked the work of the troops deployed against this “unusual force” fire: “It is an unprecedented fire in our country,” Bendodo stressed.
In this sense, in addition to the work of Infoca, to which it has shown “all its support and commitment”, it has highlighted the work of the State Security Forces and Bodies, GREA, 112, the Military Emergency Unit and practically all the autonomous communities that are supporting Andalusia with different types of means.
The Andalusian Forest Fire Extinction Service (Infoca) continues to fight the flames that, since 9:37 p.m. last Wednesday night, devastate the Malaga area of Sierra Bermeja and that has claimed the life of a 44-year-old firefighter who belonged to the Almería checkpoint.