Estepona is the municipality most affected by the Sierra Bermeja fire. In their municipal area they have been burned so far 800 hectares, mainly trees, of the 2,167 that have burned in total since last night. The INFOCA plan’s troops face the afternoon with concern, as the weather forecasts announce the worst possible conditions: gusty and dry wind, up to 35 kilometers per hour and with a relative humidity that does not exceed 30%, and all this in a field orographically difficult.
The forecast announces a change in the wind from east to west, which would rekindle the fire on different fronts in a populated area. So far there are already 779 evicted neighbors on Estepona (699) and Benahavís (80).
In the area they work around 40 aircraft and more of 250 ground troops INFOCA from various Andalusian provinces. For its part, the Malaga Provincial Firefighters Consortium has displaced endowments of Estepona, Algatocín, Ronda, Manilva and Coín.
During the early morning critical moments have been lived: the west wind has come to exceed the 50 kilometers per hour and the firefighters saved ‘in extremis’ one of the gas stations on the AP-7 motorway, leaving the flames very close to this facility.
The Carmen sports center, in Estepona, and the Assembly hall of the Benahaví City Councils have been enabled to welcome the 779 evacuated, although at the moment these places are not being used much, and those affected choose to stay in the houses of relatives, friends or hotels.
At this time the roads remain closed MA-8301 and MA-8302. The turnpike AP-7, cut up overnight by smoke and dust, has been reopened this morning.