Behind the maelstrom and the flames always come Calm down. A set phrase that does not detail the fine print of the consequences of sleeping less than “3 or 4 hours for more than three days in a row of fire”says Marina Álvarez of Civil protection of Alhaurin el Grande. “Now is when we everything comes on top, I’m a neighbor too, in addition to working in Protection”, she assures that after the fire there is the real fight. “Now we see the result of a mountain turned to ashes”, she adds with a trembling and afflicted voice.
“It is our house, we are broken, the heart of our people has burned,” says Alejandro Ángulo, 19, a resident of Alhaurín el Grande. He says that the word to describe this feeling is: “desolation”. The towns of Alhaurín de la Torre and el Grande have been enveloped by a feeling of “impotence” Y “sadness”. The fire has covered ashes the mountains and more than 2,000 hectares that they describe as “the life of our people and our home”. Angle has been one of the most 30 neighbors who wanted to help the troops who were in the front row from the first moment. “I live at the foot of the mountains and I didn’t want to watch it burn,” says the neighbor who helped, always following the instructions of the forest firefighters.
Anthony Cabrera He is another of the boys from Alhaurín el Grande who have been involved with the authorities and forest firefighters to help fight the fire that covered the entire Sierra de Mijas and Jarapalos. “I didn’t think about it for a minute, we were 15 or 20 along with a retired firefighter who accompanied us to help where we could,” says the neighbor who was also evicted with his family for more than a day and a half. He relates that he and his companions were very scared, “for a moment we were one meter from the fire and we felt totally powerless, in addition to running away, what we saw was uncontrollable”, he adds. The firefighters and the rest of the troops did not take long to arrive to start saving what would be one of the biggest forest disasters in the Sierra that covers Alhaurín de the Tower and Alhaurin el Grande.
most professionals and assets that have worked up during almost 24 hours straight They are neighbors of the towns of the Sierra de Mijas. They feel those mountains as part of them. “We have suffered it, we have seen what for me and many of my colleagues is our rest burn, it is our green,” says a forest firefighter who is part of the Coín operation. “I trained a lot in that area, it was my safe place and now I see a black saw,” he adds.
The council has proceeded to revision with Operational Services and rural guards to reestablish all municipal drinkers that are distributed throughout the mountains, after seeing that the fire leaves a landscape with a flora and fauna affected by the flames in the Sierra de Mijas. “We have implanted temporary drinking fountains in the areas that have been devastated by the fire, as well as reviewed and replaced the ones close to 30 feeders distributed throughout the surroundings of the mountains, so that we ensure water and food for the animals that inhabit this environment”, they say.
local government asks prudence citizen for a fire already controlled and that is still in the phase of stabilization. He announces that they want to show their gratitude to all the areas that have collaborated and “keep doing it”, they say. “To all the workers who have made themselves available to the City Council to spend hours in these difficult times,” they add. The Mijas companies that have gotten involved and offered to collaborate stand out, as well as the neighbors who “have not stopped asking how they could help,” they conclude.