The first major regional forest fire of the year has wiped out over 260 hectares of Valencia and Castellón’s Sierra Calderona
The first major regional forest fire of the year has wiped out over 250 hectares of Valencia and Castellón’s Sierra Calderona.
Emergency services officially declared the forest fire as active at 19.22 on Wednesday in the village of Gátova (Valencia province), but by 21.00, adverse weather conditions had already helped it spread into Segorbe (Castellón).
Over 300 firefighters and soldiers, as well as 19 aircrafts, were immediately sent to the area to limit the damage, but the 35-degree temperatures and strong Poniente winds, coupled with the rough terrain, made matters worse and the flames continued onward.
Fortunately, the fire was contained within an area that does not pose a threat to any human lives several hours later and now, at the time of writing, although there is still concern that it may reach the heart of the mountainous area, it seems just a matter of time until the fire is completely extinguished and the final damage can be properly evaluated.
Emergency service managing director José María Ángel explained that he fire broke out in ‘two different locations at the same time’, giving them reason to believe it was intentional, although nothing will be cer- tain until the danger is over and the situation can be investigated.
Smaller fires have also been registered in the towns of l’Enova and Go- delleta throughout this week, as well as others which affected abandoned plots of land in Castellón city, Almassora, Villarreal, la Vall d’Uixó and l’Al- cora, and experts have warned that there is still high risk of further fires in the region.