Fallen trees a fire-risk

SIERRA MARIOLA: Still suffering effects of Storm GloriaPhoto credit: Bladimiro

SIERRA MARIOLA has thousands of fallen pines, a further risk in an area where fire is a constant threat. 

Lack of personnel and the extent of the damage inflicted by Storm Gloria last January has delayed removing deadfalls, apart from those blocking paths and roads. 

Gales, blizzards and rain blew down thousands of trees in the Sierra Mariola national park, especially near Alcoy and Agres. 


National park employees began removing the trees in January but thousands more still litter the forest floor. 

The park’s director Salvador Palop said that clearing roads and tracks had been a priority to provide access for vehicles, including those that might be needed for emergencies. 

But many trees remain.  “At the time we asked for more staff, hoping they would be included in official help for repairing storm damage,” Palop explained.  “In the end, it wasn’t possible.” 

Deadfalls in the sierra were not abnormal, the park director added, but as they dried out, they also increased the firerisk. 

“We would like to have done more, but simply do not have the resources,” he said. 

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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