New forest fire in Mijas. The Forest Fire Extinguishing Service of Andalusia (Infoca) reported early this Sunday of a fire declared in the Venta los Condes area around four in the morning that forced level 1 to be activated. According to its latest update – published on its official Twitter account – at this time the device deployed in the area is made up of ground and air means. Specifically, two heavy helicopters and one light helicopter, two amphibious aircraft and one cargo plane on the ground, 84 ground personnel, five fire engines and a medical unit. Strong gusts of wind (up to 80 km/h) are complicating its extinction.
The event has led to the preventive evacuation of a hundred people from the homes closest to the fire in the Valtocado urbanization (composed of 185 homes). Initially they were transferred to a safe area in Venta Los Condes and, later, the Osunillas sports hall, located on the road from Benalmádena to Mijas, was set up as a shelter for their care. There, several people have been assisted by the medical services of 061 and the Red Cross.
In addition, residents of the Rincón del Hinojal, Lomas del Flamenco and the northern part of Mijas Golf (Condesa, Lago Mar Golf, Golf Zenit and Pueblo Mijitas) have left their homes as a preventive measure. With them, the total number of residents evacuated by the fire amounts to about 300. Most have gone to the homes of family, friends and other support networks. Three elderly people with ailments have been registered in a hotel establishment.
Along with INFOCA’s own resources, the Civil Guard, Firefighters from Marbella, Mijas, Benalmádena and Fuengirola, National Police and its Unit attached to the Autonomous Community, the Health Emergency Center 061, Red Cross, Local Police, Protection participate in the device. Civil and the Andalusian Emergency Group (GREA). At this time, more than 200 professionals work in the area, almost half of them Infoca forest firefighters.
As a result of the advance of the fire, some people living in the area have had to be treated for smoke inhalation and the A-387 road, which connects Alhaurín el Grande and Fuengirola, remains closed between kilometer 0 and 9.5 in both directions. The operations continue at this time, evacuating some houses and evacuating older people from the affected areas.
The weather conditions are not the most favorable in the fight against the fire that is ravaging this area. The strong wind that blows in the area together with very low relative humidity conditions is complicating the work of the extinguishing teams, as warned by the Andalusian Forest Fire Extinguishing Service itself. At the moment, the north-northwest terrain dominates at 30-35 km/h with gusts of 80 km/h and, according to Infoca, there is no change forecast until 6 p.m. Fire spread is high: >30 m per minute.
🔴 #IFMijas, ASSET. Level 1.
You can see in the images the difficulty of our teams working distributed on the ground. The wind has not let up and practically prevents the #TOP make the recording. That same wind makes air operations difficult. pic.twitter.com/gd1Fy6ii2s
— INFOCA (@Plan_INFOCA) November 12, 2023
The Delegate of the Government of Andalusia in Malaga, Patricia Navarro, declared at 7:44 a.m. level 1 contemplated by the Infoca Plan in the cataloging of forest fires due to their conditions.
Said level 1 defines those fires that, due to their possible evolution, require the implementation of special measures for the protection of people and non-forest assets that may be threatened by the fire, making it necessary to deploy a civil protection device. .
The device has installed the Advanced Command Post (PMA) in a place very close to the Osunillas sports center where the evicted residents are located. The WFP coordinates all the actions of the operational services jointly.
The Secretary General of the Interior, Lourdes Fuster, has traveled to the place, as well as the delegate of the Government of the Junta in Malaga, Patricia Navarro, the general director of Emergencies and Civil Protection, Javier Gil, together with the mayor of Mijas, Ana Mata. , the deputy director of Emergencies, Juan Ramón Rodríguez Claudio, the head of the Civil Protection service, Ana Celia Gonzále, and the deputy director of the Provincial Operational Center (COP Infoca) of Málaga, Alejandro Molina.
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