Sierra Bermeja fires started deliberately, says Junta President

Juanma Moreno, President of the Junta de Andalucia, has said that all the evidence behind the devasting Sierra Bermeja fires, which has left one firefighter dead and more than 5,000 hectares destroyed, points to arsion.

On a visit to the emergency control centre that is coordinating the fight against the massive blaze, Moreno said that the fire services had found two starting points for the fire. Both were piles of litter with a pine cone on top that had been started with a cigarette lighter. “Everything indicates that this was intentional, but we are waiting for the investigation to confirm it definitively.

Juanma Moreno (centre) and Elías Bendodo at the Advance Command post

Moreno said that he hoped whoever was behind the fires would not ” sleep soundly” because the authorities would go after them and they would be brought to justice.

“We are going to continue working to enclose this demon”

Juanma Moreno

On his visit to the Advanced Command Post of the Sierra Bermeja fire, Moreno also said that he hoped that today’s better weather would help the emergency services control the blaze and prevent it from causing more damage and suffering. “We are going to continue working to enclose this demon that is the fire”

Firefighters tackle the blaze

Moreno, who thanked the effort made by the municipalities, Police units and the Civil Guard and had words of appreciation for all the Infoca members, as well as for the different fire departments, and have highlighted their effort, their commitment and their dedication, as well as putting their lives at risk. It came as the fireman killed on Thursday was named as 44-year-old Carlos Martinez Haro from Almeria.

Currently 500 firemen are fighting the fire, which started on Wednesday evening and at one point caused traffic chaos on the coast as the AP-7 motorway was closed in the Cadiz direction. Forty one aircraft are also involved.

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