The Minister of the Presidency, Public Administration and Interior, Elías Bendodo, has communicated that the forest fire declared last Wednesday in Sierra Bermeja already affects 6,000 hectares of the Malaga municipalities of Estepona, Jubrique, Genalguacil and Benahavís.

Despite this, from the Junta de Andalucía points to a “prudent and slight improvement”. “We can speak today of a prudent and slow improvement with regarding the fire of 24 hours ago “, Bendodo said this Saturday at the Advanced Command Post located in Estepona.

The counselor has highlighted the improvement of the meteorological conditions of this day that, added to the dissipation of the ash cloud – pyrocumulus – that forced the withdrawal of the terrestrial media during the past morning, it has been possible to continue working on the extinction tasks that are important tonight, has said.

This Saturday the smoke caused by the fire has forced to activate from the Infoca Plan, at 6:00 p.m., the rrecommendation of confinement to the residents of Jubrique and Genalguacil, which has been terminated at 9:00 p.m., explained the counselor.

With all this, Bendodo has spoken that the fire experiences a “prudent and slight improvement”, but he has indicated that “we have a lot of work to do” and for this he has highlighted the “professionalism, effort and work” of the members of the Infoca Plan and of the air resources, while thanking the calls for support and cooperation from all autonomous communities to combat the flames.

East Saturday 41 aircraft and up to 503 ground troops have been mobilized to act in front of the flames, that I already knowe have claimed the life of a forest firefighter on duty and 1,054 people have had to be evicted.

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