He forest fire declared this Monday in El Saler It is evolving in a “favorable” manner after the strong gusts of wind recorded during the day, so firefighters hope to be able to consider the fire stabilized “shortly” although they ask for “caution” because at the moment they are “still” very much on top of it. to control the spread of the flames.
This was detailed by the Valencia City Council Fire Chief, Enrique Chisbert, in statements to the media, from the Advanced Command Post (PMA) installed in the El Saler Fire Station.
The fire, which broke out around 2:50 p.m. this Monday, has forced the establishment of situation 1 of the Special Forest Fire Plan (PEIF) and cutting off traffic in both directions – from Perellonet and El Saler – in the CV-500 highway to avoid displacement in the area, as reported by the Emergency Coordination Center and the Civil Guard and confirmed to Europa Press by the DGT Traffic Management Center.
Due to the proximity of the flames to various population centers, Five towers of buildings near the Sidi Hotel have been evacuated, property to which about 30 people have been transferred preventively. In this regard, Chisbert has pointed out that there is evidence of about 30 or 35 people being evicted and has clarified that “there may be some more”, since the homes in the area are “of a seasonal nature” and “not all the centers are now fully populated.”
He has asked to wait to see “how the fire evolves” and has stated that he hopes that the neighbors will be able to return to their homes tonight. “But we are going to see the evolution with caution, because at the moment we are still very much on top,” she stressed.
Chisbert has confirmed that The fire has reached the doors of some buildings, although he has refused to “specify” whether damage has occurred to the balconies. “There may be heat damage, but right now we could not give that assessment, we are still very early,” she declared, adding that there “could be” some vehicle affected.
In addition, three people have had to be treated by medical personnel for smoke inhalation. “The column has been very flat due to the high speed of the wind and there was a very significant generation of smoke throughout the area,” highlighted the fire chief, while ensuring that there is no evidence that “no one has been treated with “serious character.”
In the extinguishing tasks, a total of 23 firefighters from the Valencia City Council are working, as well as a coordinating foreman from the Valencia Provincial Firefighters Consortium, two units – one of them helicarried – and a fire engine from the forest firefighters of Valencia. the Generalitat, two air personnel – one has retired due to a technical stop – and an environmental agent. Two SAMU units and one SVB have also been mobilized.
Asked about the possibility that the fire was caused by three initial outbreaks, Chisbert has refused to “give that assessment now”: “You have to be cautious and prudent and wait a little for the investigation that will be carried out later.” And he stressed that “it must be taken into account that the wind was strong in the area and it may be that some of the spots that were visible were spurs of the advance of the convective column.”
“I insist that with caution, it is an issue that will develop when the fire ends and if it is considered controlled. Simply saying that there are many fires with high winds,” he reiterated, and added: “We cannot say that they have been provoked, but draw your own conclusions.
Strong gusts of wind from the west and northwest have been blowing in the fire area since mid-morning, reaching 50 and 60 kilometers per hour (km/h), according to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), which has stressed that the tendency is for the west wind to continue blowing, to decrease its intensity with the fall of the afternoon.
In addition, The temperatures have been very high for February, since since midday it has exceeded 20C and has reached 22 in the early afternoon. Humidity is low, less than 40 percent, and increases slightly as night falls.
The fire has been declared on a day in which the yellow level has been decreed due to winds in the southern interior of Castellón and throughout the interior and northern coast of the province of Valencia and preventive surveillance flights have been scheduled due to the risk of forest fires, as established by the Special Plan for Forest Fires in the Valencian Community.