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The Fire In Sierra Bermeja Does Not Give Truce

BySam Brad

Sep 13, 2021

The Sierra Bermeja fire , in the southwest of the province of Malaga , had already calcined this Sunday night more than 7,400 hectares, and reached a perimeter of 85 kilometers, keeping six towns evicted and a total of 3,000 people displaced. The Junta de Andalucía requested the intervention of the Military Emergency Unit (UME), which has joined the extinction tasks.

The Minister of the Presidency, Public Administration and Interior of the Board, Elías Bendodo, explained this Sunday together with the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Carmen Crespo, that the evolution of the fire is still active and that “it has never been seen something similar in our country. ”

Of the 3,000 evicted, 974 correspond to Estepona: from the Forest Hill and Abejeras urbanizations (750), scattered homes of Peñas Blancas on the MA-8301 road (37), Charca de la Extranjera (12), Huerta Padrón (60), Castor River (5), Charca de las Nutrias (5), Velerín River (65) and the Quiñones area (40) in Estepona, as well as the Montemayor urbanization in Benahavís (80).

In Jubrique there are 320, 300 from the main nucleus —this Sunday— that are added to those already evacuated days ago from Charco Azul (16) and La Monarda (4) in this town. 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.

At 1:15 pm this Sunday, the preventive evacuation of the municipalities of Faraján and Pujerra was requested and, shortly after, at 2:18 pm, the evacuation of Alpandeire and Júzcar was ordered. All of them, as happened with Jubrique and Genalguacil, were produced in advance and with the maximum security measures , according to the designed Contingency Plan.

The mayors of these six towns had been pre-alerted and were informed at all times of the operation minute by minute, they specified from the Junta de Andalucía.

The people who were in these towns this Sunday were transferred to the ‘El Fuerte’ Sports Center in Ronda . The Civil Guard, the National Police Corps and the Unit Attached to the autonomous community, the Provincial Consortium of Firefighters of the Malaga Provincial Council, the Red Cross and units of the Public Health Emergencies Company (EPES) and members of the Civil Protection of the General Directorate of Emergencies and Civil Protection of the Junta de Andalucía participated in the entire operation.

The Red Cross was also asked to deploy 400 beds and an identical number of hygiene and anticovid kits, in addition to supplies for the sheltered. In total, there are 1,300 beds and kits available to the displaced.

“An unusual force”
The Extinction director and deputy director of the Regional Operational Center (COR) of the Infoca Plan, Alejandro García, pointed out this Sunday that the fire that has affected Sierra Bermeja since last Wednesday is of ” an unusual force and power for what we are accustomed to. see in our country “.

This was indicated by García, who reported from the Estepona Advanced Command Post on the evolution of the aforementioned fire, declared last Wednesday and which remains active.

“We speak of a power and an unusual force for the fires that we are used to”
The COR deputy director explained that the four main areas of activity on which the troops had been working “have gone reasonably well”, although “unforeseen circumstances” generated a new fire in the area.

“Some pavesas have generated a new fire in Sierra Bermeja” and, although during the last hours of the night and the first hours of the morning [the two fires] were independent, “finally the closest fronts have joined, crossing a valley that already it had burned more than a month ago, “he said.

More than 700 troops mobilized
The director of Extinction of Plan Infoca and deputy director of the Regional Operational Center of the same, Alejandro García, made two extraordinary activations, on the one hand the Military Emergency Unit (UME), which with 128 troops was entrusted with the protection of the populations of Genalguacil , Jubrique, Faraján and Pujerra.

Also the FAST teams, specialists from other autonomous communities who were asked for radiosonde equipment and a team of specialists in the use of heavy machinery. In this sense, García pointed out that this fire “is very limited due to the steep terrain of the land.”

To all of them we must add 18 specialists from Emergencies 112 Andalusia (112, Emergency Group of Andalusia -GREA- and Civil Protection).

The General Directorate of Emergencies and Civil Protection maintains the Forest Fires monitoring group operating with personnel from Communication, Operations, Management and Data Exploitation and technical advice on Emergency Management.

Civil Guard agents (65), the Malaga Provincial Firefighters Consortium (20), Mijas Firefighters (5) and Marbella (3) also work in the area , the National Police Unit attached to the Community (21) and Corps National Police (15), as well as Civil Protection of Estepona (14) and volunteer groups of Civil Protection of Civil Protection of Yunquera, Ronda, Algatocín, Moclinejo, Teba and Canillas del Aceituno (35).

Smoke column from the Sierra Bermeja fire in Malaga, seen from the forward command post.Smoke column from the Sierra Bermeja fire in Malaga, seen from the forward command post.CARLOS DÍAZ / EFE
The health operation directed by the Public Health Emergencies Company (EPES) is made up of a mobile ICU and a Logistics Support Vehicle (VAL), with a doctor, a nurse and two Health Emergency technicians (TES).

The Andalusian Health Service, for its part, maintains another mobile ICU at the Command Post with a doctor, a nurse and a Health Emergencies technician (TES); while for evictions it has deployed up to four units, one of them for collective transfer and the rest are conventional transfer units, two of which have been equipped with a doctor , nurse and technician.

In addition, two doctors and three nurses have been mobilized to care for the sheltered. In total there are 20 health professionals working. The health group of the Infoca Plan also has three Basic Life Support units, one of them off-road, with eight volunteers from the DYA Association (Stop and Help).

This Sunday night were closed to traffic rolled the MA-8302 road at kilometer 15 and MA-8301 is cut at 1 and at kilometer 25, and the Way of Malaga in their access. The operation emphasizes that it is important to avoid unnecessary travel in the areas closest to the fire and evacuation areas.

Sam Brad

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