The City Council of the Malaga municipality of Estepona is going to ask the Junta de Andalucía to request the central government approval of the declaration of a catastrophic area in Sierra Bermeja after the serious fire declared last Wednesday, already controlled and against which the fight continues to its extinction.

The mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, has reiterated that “all municipal efforts will be allocated” for the recovery of this important natural environment; At the same time, it has referred to collaboration with supra-municipal administrations for this purpose, following the guidelines of the experts and the competent administrations.

Specifically, the mayor has announced that “we are working on the municipal budget for 2022, which will include an initial economic item, which we are currently quantifying, to contribute to the necessary actions.”

Likewise, the Estepona City Council has created the municipal bank account ES68 3058 0782 7127 3281 4954 for those individuals or companies that want to collaborate with associated income for this purpose. This bank account will have transparency and public control and will avoid possible frauds around solidarity appeals derived from this event.

The councilor has indicated that the plenary session of the Corporation will acknowledge all the officers who are working on the extinguishing device of this fire, for the effort to fight this virulent fire, and will agree on the imposition, posthumously, of the medal of merit to the Infoca firefighter who died during the fire.

Finally, he expressed his gratitude to all the volunteers, individuals and companies in the town who have offered to help in the emergency device and in assisting the staff of the Advanced Command Post, which has been installed in the Palacio de Congresos from Estepona. “Estepona is a city of solidarity and, once again, it has responded with exemplary response,” he said.

On the other hand, during the morning of this Tuesday, the Estepona City Council closed to traffic the barrier of the Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja Natural Park, at the Peñas Blancas crossing, to facilitate extinction work and to avoid the access to the environment.

In this sense, at this time, they have pointed out from the City Council, “it is very important not to step on the burned areas, since it can damage the fertile layer and prevent the land from healing properly, making it difficult to regenerate.” Also, hidden cracks may have occurred and there is a risk of falls.

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