The Provincial Fire Brigade Consortium, dependent on the Malaga Provincial Council, has deployed a total of twenty-four troops and seven vehicles in support of the extinguishing work that has been carried out since 11:00 p.m. last Wednesday in a fire that, by the At the moment, it has been extended to the municipalities of Estepona, Genalguacil and Jubrique.
The president of the Malaga Provincial Council, Francisco Salado has reported from the command post, where the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Carmen Crespo; and the deputy delegate of the Government in Malaga, Javier Salas, that the fire is heading towards Benahavís and if this route continues, the area will have to be evacuated.
The Board has activated at 03:34 this Thursday level 1 of the Emergency Plan for Forest Fires of the Autonomous Community (Infoca Plan), in the province of Malaga, due to the fire, which has already caused the eviction of 400 people.
As specified by Infoca on its Twitter account, in these tasks there are about 200 troops on the ground and ten fire engines are working on this fire. In terms of air, they have two amphibious planes, a coordination plane, three Super Puma helicopters and two Kamov helicopters. In addition, the ACO-8 plane departed early in the day from Seville airport towards the fire.
As reported by the Board in a statement, level 1 is activated in those fires that can be controlled with the means of extinction provided for in the Plan, the need for the implementation of measures for the protection of the people and assets of a non-forest nature.
The 112 service answered at 9:37 p.m. the first of more than 140 calls that alerted of a fire that affects several municipalities in the area: Jubrique, Genalguacil and Estepona.
Immediately, from the coordinating center room, the Civil Guard, the Malaga Provincial Firefighters Consortium, the Andalusian Emergency Group (GREA), the Local Police, the National Police Unit attached to the Community have been alerted, to Civil Protection of Estepona, and to the Provincial Operational Center (COP) of Infoca.
The forest fire extinguishing device of the Infoca Plan then mobilized 200 troops by land and ten fire engines. Among them are professionals mobilized from other provinces such as Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Jaén and Seville.
In a preventive manner, residents have been evicted in the Forest Hill area and in the center of Las Abejeras, as well as a gas station on the AP-7 in Estepona. The Carmen pavilion has been enabled in Estepona, which, of the 400 evicted, has initially welcomed 15 people.
The Civil Guard has reported that the MA-8301 road from Estepona and the MA-8302 from Jubrique have been prevented. The emergency operation reminds drivers to circulate with caution and follow the instructions of the authorities in the area at all times. But, early in the morning the AP-7 motorway was cut in both directions between kilometers 157 and 171.