A second brush fire in and near Mojácar, Almería, caused the evacuation of some 3000 inhabitants of the villages of Mojácar, Turre and Carboneras, who were allowed back home yesterday to survey the damage. The returnees included many foreign residents and tourists, mainly British. This fact brought the BBC to report on it on the news yesterday and this morning, including a video online.>
This fire, one of several throughout the country, decimated some 2,600 hectares of land, which have to be added to the first fire there, which took almost 5000 ha.
According to the Ministry of the Interior’s Emergency Secretariat, there were seven active forest fires, concentrated mostly on the North Eastern and Eastern part of the country. Almost 43,000 hectares have been devastated between January 1 and July 19 this year, the average annual amount of damage for the last ten years is 43,594. Nine people have died as a direct result, five firemen at one of the most recent in Tarragona.
The same Ministry has most of the country on a red fire alert, the most extreme, including the Campo de Gibraltar. We have been very lucky so far but this unusually hot summer is far from over. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BE PARTICULARLY CAREFUL: no outside barbecues, no chucking cigarette butts out of the car window – common sense in other words!