Saturday, September 24

The rain gives a truce to the fires in Valencia on a “decisive day”


Aerial teams work on the extension of the fire in Valencia. / lp

The Valencian PP will request the Government to declare an area seriously affected by the fires

The hope that the announced rainfall would help in the extinction of the large active fires was fulfilled. The situation improved substantially thanks to the rains, to such an extent that from 112 of the Generalitat Valenciana it was indicated that the water in Bejís “has reduced the flame to the point of almost disappearing around the entire perimeter”, while in Vall d ‘Ebo “let there be no flame on any front”.

As reported by Ximo Puig this Thursday morning, the Bejís fire has burned more than 13,000 hectares, a fire that has been revived since 11 am by the gusts of wind that blow in the interior of the province of Castellón. At this point, and as this newspaper has been able to confirm, the fire is already affecting the municipality of Altura, the Cueva Santa area. This point is located in the vicinity of the Sierra Calderona Natural Park.

The president of the Generalitat has assured that this Thursday will be “a decisive day” to determine the evolution of the fires in the Community.

As reported by 112 of the Generalitat Valenciana early this Thursday morning, up to 20 liters were recorded in the area of ​​the Bejís fire during the rainfall recorded since Wednesday afternoon. These rains “have reduced the flame to the point of almost disappearing around the perimeter.” To this good morning news, Emergencies added that a “very positive humidity input” had been registered, although “there are still very hot areas.”

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On the part of the fire in Vall d’Ebo, the accumulated rainfall in the last 12 hours (about 40 liters) has allowed “there is no flame on any front”, according to a tweet from 112. “The perimeter is more stable after the rains. There has been a small reproduction in the Benimassot area but it is already controlled, ”said the message on the social network.

New fires in the Community

The day of this Wednesday was also complicated by the declaration of new forest fires that were added to the two large outbreaks that devastate the Community. For example, in Petrer, where it was necessary to divert various aerial resources from the Vall d’Ebo, which allowed it to be controlled a few hours after burning 80 hectares.

In addition, minor fires were declared at various points in l’Alt Maestrat -Albocásser and Vilar de Canes- as well as in Albaida, in the Colvalta area. They were all caused by lightning.

The balance of the area affected by the flames in recent days is terrifying considering that the accumulated rises to more than 24,000 hectares, especially in the three major fires: Vall d’Ebo, Bejís and Les Useres. To get an idea of ​​the magnitude of those that remain active, since 1968 (as far as the official data of the Generalitat goes back) only on ten occasions had the 11,000 hectares burned been exceeded, a sad record that since the weekend has been exceeded twice more in the Valencian geography.

Situation in the rest of Spain

In Andalusia, they continue with the work to extinguish the fires declared in the province of Malaga this past Wednesday. The fire declared in Estepona has been considered controlled at 00:00 this Thursday. The low visibility caused by the smoke and dust from the fire forced a section of the A-7 motorway to be closed for more than an hour this past Wednesday in both directions. The fire declared in Casares, was stabilized at 11:05 p.m.

The fire in Lugo, which destroyed 25 hectares, has also been controlled. This fire, which began last Monday night in various sources, has been controlled at 11:20 am on Thursday.


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