Fatal Sierra Bermeja blaze finally extinguished

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Fatal Sierra Bermeja blaze finally extinguished
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Fatal Sierra Bermeja blaze finally extinguished after a month and a half.

The blaze in Malaga’s Sierra Bermeja has ravaged almost 10,000 hectares of land. The fire broke out in the south-west of the Malaga province. The fire began on September 8. It has now been officially declared as extinguished by the Junta de Andalucia’s, Juanma Moreno.

Moreno took to Twitter to announce the news on Sunday, October 24. He explained that the Junta’s firefighting plan (Infoca) has extinguished the fire after “a month and a half of very hard work”.

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He also gave his thanks to: “all those who have worked their hearts out to achieve this.” Tragically, one firefighter lost their life in the devastating blaze. Moreno remembered the deceased firefighter.

He added: “We will recover the Sierra Bermeja”.

The blaze was brought under control on September 13. Personnel from Infoca have been working hard during the last few weeks to ensure the fire did not rekindle. They have been working to cool hotspots in various locations.


The fire had been intentionally caused. As reported by 20 minutes: “Last month the Public Prosecutor’s Office for the Environment filed a complaint with the Court of Instruction 3 in Ronda (Malaga), stating that this was a life-threatening fire, punishable by up to 20 years’ imprisonment.

“According to the first information of the investigation, the fire was intentionally set, although no arrests have yet been made.”

 



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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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