The fire unleashed in the mountain town of Pujerra, in the province of Malaga, has been stabilized within a perimeter that “no longer advances”, as reported this morning by Juan Sánchez, responsible for the Infoca area (Andalusian fire plan) . The fall of the hot wind from the interior (terral) and the humidity from the sea have allowed the flames to be surrounded, although the fire is not yet controlled. The residents of Benahavís and the luxury developments evacuated preventively on Wednesday have been able to return to their homes, because the fire no longer poses a risk to the population. The PP candidate to renew as president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno, confidently hoped that the fire, which has devoured more than 2,100 hectares, would be controlled throughout today’s session.
Juan Sánchez has assured that the “control phase” of the incident has not yet been reached, but has stressed that “the perimeter is not advancing”, which has taken “a weight off” the almost 2,000 people who have reached work on firefighting. “It has allowed us to free up resources to control other parts of this mountain, which is very complex and very dangerous,” he has said.
The checkpoints that have worked during the night have dedicated themselves “to burning tasks to control the irregular perimeters”, that is, the areas where the flames overflowed. “We have gone very slowly, but the wind and the humidity of the sea have allowed our efforts to be successful”, he concluded.
When I saw the line of fire and the housing developments, it scared me
Juan Manuel Moreno, in the SER
Shortly before, Juan Manuel Moreno had insisted on Cadena SER on how “the change in atmospheric conditions” was going to allow the fire to be considered stabilized. “But we have to be very cautious in case there are weather changes. It has been a very complicated 24 hours. I have even been scared; The first night, when I saw the line of fire and the housing estates, it scared me a lot”, he underlined.
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Moreno has assured that the fire alert will be deactivated up to level 0. This implies the gradual withdrawal of many of the means deployed in the area, including the members of the Military Emergency Unit (UME). Likewise, it has been confirmed that all the residents who were evicted, that is, those of Montemayor and Velerín Alto, about 74, can now return to their homes, the same sources have specified.
This morning the management of the Infoca Plan authorized the return of those evicted from the urban area of Benahavís, as well as from the Benahavís Hill and Marbella Club urbanisations. In total, some 2,000 people have had to be evicted due to this fire, against which forest firefighters are still working.
The fire was detected on Wednesday around three in the afternoon, when the first calls to the 112 emergency telephone number were received. The neighbors were the first to notice a large column of smoke in the pine forests near the towns of Pujerra, Benahavís, Estepona and Jubrique. The damage and the burned area are still being evaluated, but it exceeds 2,200 hectares destroyed. The first flames broke out in the area of La Resinera, a farm that was owned by Muammar Gaddafi, which is used as a private hunting ground and has more than 6,500 protected hectares.
The area affected by this fire is located in Sierra Bermeja, a forest area north of the Costa del Sol where almost 10,000 hectares were burned in September 2021. On that occasion, the flames ended the life of a forest firefighter and forced the eviction of more than 3,000 people.
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