Fire warn­ing bill­boards on Montgó

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - News Staff Re­porter

FOR­EST fire warn­ing signs colour-coded ac­cord­ing to risk level have been set up in strate­gic parts of the Montgó and La Plana in Jávea, es­pe­cially in ar­eas de­stroyed by the mas­sive in­ferno of Septem­ber 2014.

Civil Pro­tec­tion vol­un­teers will change the colours on the seven bill­boards when­ever the re­gional gov­ern­ment is­sues a new alert level, al­though in sum­mer this usu­ally sits at red, the max­i­mum.

Some of the signs have been set up in ar­eas with no con­ser­va­tion watch scheme, mean­ing reg­u­lar vis­its to change the alert colour will also help ful­fil this look-out func­tion.

The boards have been set up on the Montgó, near the Jesús Po­bre road, at the Cabo de San An­to­nio view­point, next to one of the La Plana wind­mills, and in other ru­ral parts par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to wild­fires.

Jávea's sum­mer 'fire watch' cam­paign starts an­nu­ally on May 31 and con­tin­ues un­til the end of Septem­ber.

Dur­ing this time, bon­fires of any de­scrip­tion are banned, and res­i­dents and visi­tors are urged to be very care­ful when us­ing power tools that may give off sparks, and not to drop cig­a­rette butts.

They are in­structed to ring the 112 emer­gency hot­line if they see flames or smoke, which works even on a low mo­bile bat­tery or with no credit or sig­nal, and call­ers can ask for an English-speaker.

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