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The first major forest fire of the year affect the region

Written by on April 15, 2019

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Article Written & Published in Spanish By: Diario Informacion
Translated by Google from Spanish to English

The first major forest fire of the year affects the interior of the Marina Alta

The wind changes the direction of the flames and the 112 makes a great display to minimize the damage. The device manages to stabilize in five hours the fire declared between Benigembla and Castell de Castells

A fire declared in Benigembla, in the interior of the Marina Alta district. yesterday it forced 112 to carry out a strong deployment of aerial and firefighters on the ground, which managed to stabilize the flames about 20.30.

According to the information that this newspaper had access to, the fire was declared along the road that leads from the aforementioned town to Castell de Castells .

Eight aerial media overflew the area to carry out control and extinction tasks, while five firefighters and another number of forest teams fought against a forest fire that was declared around 3.30 pm, on land of great forest value .

Firefighters from Dénia, Benissa, San Vicente del Raspeig and Cocentaina were added to the extinguishing work . The emergency service 112 of the Generalitat Valenciana established at 17.21 hours that it was a fire with a Level 1 Potential Gravity Index.

This level refers to those fires that, in their most unfavorable evolution, are foreseen to be set march of protection measures to people outside the extinguishing device, as well as the presence of non-forestry assets or sensitive infrastructures that may be threatened by flames.

The temperatures of almost 30 degrees recorded yesterday by the Marina region next to the gusts of wind initially made it difficult to extinguish the fire. According to the State Agency of Meteorology, (Aemet), in these dates, in areas of complex orography, relatively close to the sea, and with general circulation of weak west wind, the wind patterns are also complex.

In the images captured in Benigembla it was seen how the smoke, apparently, is directed towards the east in areas very close to the ground. But shortly after, when approaching the sea, it turned towards the northeast, probably driven by the breeze from the south that entered by the coast of the province.

Fortunately, at around 8:30 p.m., firefighters made the fire by stabilized, as reported by Emergencies on their Twitter account. The Advanced Command Post (PMA) reported that the flames had already been stabilized. Four of the aerial media and the Kamov helicopter that had gone to extinction then withdrew from the operation.

These media were part of the operation that has mobilized during the afternoon of Sunday eight air media, along with land, to put out the fire on the road leading to Castell de Castells and forced to activate the Potential Level 1 Gravity Index because has threatened non-forest assets.

In total, eight air units, three forest fire units of the Generalitat, four vehicles, three fire engines and a Kamov helicopter from the Ministry of Agriculture worked on the extinction.

The fire was declared this Sunday around 15.30 in Benigembla, according to sources confirmed by the Provincial Fire Brigade to Europa Press. Around 4.40 pm, this fire had taken the direction of Castell de Castells.

The most intense heat in Europe

The heat that was registered yesterday in the area and that made it difficult to extinguish this fire turned out to be the most intense that was recorded this Sunday throughout Europe.

Thus, in the provinces of Alicante and Valencia were recorded the highest temperatures in Europe among the stations that send data to the global network, according to sources from Aemet.

For the first time in 2019 the 30 degrees were surpassed in the city of Valencia – the maximum was of 30.9 -, and in Alicante as well as in Castelló the record was also reached yesterday so far this year, although without reaching at the same temperature as in the regional capital.

However, the 30 degrees were exceeded in several localities of the Alicante demarcation, such as Elche and Pego, with 30.6 and 30.4 degrees, respectively, as in others in Valencia such as Carcaixent and Xàtiva.


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