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Fires
« on: December 06, 2012, 10:41:32 AM »
Thanks to Andrew for this link yesterday. I was a bit busy to pick it up.  The fires now are obviously deliberately started as the weather surely can't be to blame any more!

http://ultimahora.es/mallorca/noticia/sucesos/ultimas/incendio-albufera-obliga-desalojar-vivienda.html
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Re: Fires
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 21:26:16 PM »
Thanks to Andrew for this update. Not sure if the links will work with my copy and paste. Have seen a few on Youtube today myself and is absolutely frightening.


Friday, July 26, 2013
MALLORCA TODAY - Major fire in Andratx: twenty homes evacuated
A major fire in the Sa Coma area of Andratx broke out around one o'clock this afternoon. A hundred firefighters are in attendance along with firefighting planes and helicopters. Reinforcements have had to be brought from Valencia and Zaragoza as well as from Ibiza and Menorca. Twenty homes have been evacuated and some roads have been closed.

Update (20.15): Some 800 hectares have been affected by the fire. Over 200 firefighters are now involved. Precautionary evacuations are taking place near to s'Arracó. The wind has been making control of the fire more difficult. The operation against the fire will go on through the night, and there may have to be more evacuations, though no property has thus far been directly affected.

The fire sweeping across such a large area could make this one of the most damaging fires that Mallorca or the Balearics have experienced. If 800 hectares is a true estimate, it is a considerably larger area than the fire in Cala Llonga in Ibiza in September 2011 when 115 hectares were actually claimed by the fire but during which around a thousand people had to be evacuated. The current fire is placed at Level Two, one notch below the most serious.

Update (21.15): President José Ramón Bauzá has said that the fire looks bad and that it currently isn't under control. But he has called for calm. Meanwhile, volunteers from Civil Protection units from across Mallorca have been mobilised to assist.

More on the history of fires. Another fire on Ibiza in May 2011 was the second largest fire in the Balearics. It claimed 1,500 hectares. The largest fire recorded on Mallorca or anywhere on the Balearic Islands was that of August 1992, when just under 2,000 hectares were affected in the Artà mountains.

Update (22.15): The cause of the fire would appear to have been someone who was negligently burning some stubble. The man has been interrogated by the Guardia Civil who have charged him, but he hasn't been taken into custody. The fire is still not under control.

Temperatures in Mallorca today have typically been around 36 degrees. There has been little rain for several weeks and the island has been experiencing a heatwave for well over a week. Today, the winds from the south have also been quite strong. A good day for doing some burning of stubble then. Incredible.

Update (00.15): Some 60 firefighters will work through the night. There has been some further precautionary evacuation in s'Arracó.

Update (7.30 Saturday): Firefighting planes back in action. Fires appear to be more confined, so the worst of the situation is probably over even if the fires are not completely under control. People evacuated from their homes were put up by hotels or in the sports centre in Andratx.

Update (11.00 Saturday): The fires are still not under control. Some 250 operatives, along with the water bombers, are now engaged in trying to get control. There are 13 different air craft in all involved in the incident. The firefighting planes are picking up water by Peguera, where an exclusion zone in the sea has been created to stop boats or swimmers venturing out too far. The area affected is now said to be as much as 1,000 hectares.

Update (16.45 Saturday): The fires remain active. It is now being said that 1,600 hectares have been affected, which makes the Andratx incident Mallorca's second worst since records were kept. As the fires are still active, it could yet become the worst, exceeding the 1,960 hectares lost above Betlem in the Artà mountains in 1992. Over 50 more operatives have been brought in from Valencia.

Update (19.15 Saturday): Much of the fire appears to now have been extinguished, but in the direction of Estellencs there is still firefighting from the air and from land crews.

Photo of night scene from Pau Verd here:

pic.twitter.com/tDrGnB1tXT

Videos on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paAfXfpodlo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIskCBfq6rI
Photo gallery from Diario de Mallorca: http://multimedia.diariodemallorca.es/fotos/sucesos/incendio-forestal-coma-calenta-8623_1.shtml
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Re: Fires
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2013, 21:45:48 PM »
Oh dear this is not good at all. Can we have something positive please Mallorca! Do hope this is under control soon and people are safe.
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Re: Fires
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2013, 21:53:37 PM »
Just watched your links Bella and can't quite beileve how awful this is. Very frightening for everyone near by and of course the people working to being under control  :o
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Re: Fires
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2013, 11:22:54 AM »
Andrew's link from El Mundo paper, showing the spread of the fire.  Unfortunately reports seem to be coming in that it is still not under control.

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Re: Fires
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2013, 11:36:36 AM »
Just been reading about this and looking at some of the photos. It really is just awful. The photos just don't seem real. Really hope they bring this under control asap. Such a worry for those who live near by plus of course the fighters. Lets hope they are kept safe.
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Re: Fires
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2013, 13:57:54 PM »
Just seen this posted from See Mallorca on facebook;

According to the papers the Mallorca fire is now contained but it will take another two weeks until it is fully extinguished.

The Government is calling for the area to be declared a Disaster Zone so that help can be provided to replant in the Tramuntana.

Might also be a while before it's safe to get back in the pool!!
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Re: Fires
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2015, 11:17:52 AM »
With the dry winter and now the sunshine, its a problem with fires again.

Mallorca Bulletin today;

Alarm bells begin to ring after spate of small forest fires

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Emergency services at the scene of yesterday’s forest fire.


By Humphrey Carter

The forest fire and emergency services are now on  red alert following a spate of small forest fires over the past few weeks.
After an unusually dry winter and with temperatures now forecast to continue rising, the conditions are perfect for bush fires and teams of spotters are on duty every day as part of the fire prevention campaign.  However, yesterday, a level one blaze was reported at midday in Galilea, Puipunyent.
Sources for IBANAT (The Balearic Nature Institute) a total of 16 specialist fire fighters were involved in battling  the blaze with support from a helicopter and a mobile water tank which were needed because of the isolated location of the fire which did get dangerously close to a number of houses whose owners were put on stand by to be evacuated.
Ibanat confined that the fire had been brought under control  by 3.30p.m which is when fire fighters set about extinguishing the blaze.
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