18 maio 2014

Forest / Wild Fire in Spain

A raging inferno that forced emergency services to evacuate the occupants of 220 villas and shut off three lanes of the A-7 motorway near Valencia airport has been brought under control, but is still not out. The flames forced residents in 50 country houses in the Barranc Fondo area and in 170 villas in the La Presa urbanisation near Manises, the village backing onto the terminal, to flee their homes when it broke out yesterday (Saturday) at around 13.20hrs. Firefighters say the blaze was caused by a smaller fire on Friday night in the gardens of the former Turia riverbed which re-ignited after they thought they had fully extinguished it at around 03.00hrs on Saturday morning. Clouds of black smoke affecting visibility meant a kilometre of the motorway in the Valencia direction ��" three lanes out of the six ��" had to be closed off until this morning, a move which was also designed to allow fire engines to get through quickly. Six hydroplanes and four helicopters are also working on the fire, which has now been contained but continues to burn. At the time of publication, 250 of the evacuated residents have been allowed to return home, but the remainder are waiting in emergency camps set up by the Red Cross.

Fonte: RSOE