The Court of First Instance and Instruction number 3 of Ronda (Málaga), in charge of the investigation of the fire that occurred in June in Sierra Bermeja, has taken statements from four people investigated in these proceedings. The fire, which originated in the Malaga municipality of Pujerra and was active between June 8 and 26, destroyed some 4,800 hectares.

The judicial declarations took place last Monday. Those investigated had been previously summoned given that they are at liberty, a situation in which they remain without precautionary measures being taken against them. Specifically, it is the manager of the farm where the fire occurred, a forestry engineer, a forest ranger and an excavator driver.

The crime under investigation is forest fire due to gross negligence. The case follows its instruction, as reported by the TSJA.

The Civil Guard has already taken a statement as investigated to the four people. The first hypotheses suggest that the fire has a reckless origin and was caused as a result of work with heavy machinery carried out on the farm “in inappropriate circumstances for existing conditions.”

The fire, which began on June 8 at around 3:00 p.m. at the La Resinera farm in the Malaga municipality of Pujerra, forced the activation of level 2 of the Forest Fire Emergency Plan in its provincial phase and request the support of the Military Unit of Emergencies (UME). On day 10 at 09:00 hours, he was stabilized and considered controlled five days later. It was not until Sunday, June 26, at 8:00 p.m., when it was extinguished.

More than 3,300 professionals from the Infoca Plan worked in different shifts, with 142 ground vehicles and up to 234 air missions, deploying up to 22 means per day for this task, which lasted nearly 20 days. On the part of the UME, 233 troops joined, with 23 light vehicles and 58 vehicles.

The area covered by the flames is around 4,800 hectares in the Malaga municipalities of Benahavís, Estepona, Faraján, Igualeja, Jubrique, Júzcar and Pujerra. For prevention, the emergency services proceeded to evict some 2,000 residents of the town of Benahavís, Velerín Alto and the Montemayor, Marbella Club and Benahavís Hills urbanizations.

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