Fire pre­ven­tion Javea pri­or­ity

Coun­cil to spend thou­sands on new scheme to pre­vent fu­ture catas­tro­phes

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JÁVEA is spend­ing a €128,000 grant to get the first phase of the town hall’s mu­nic­i­pal Fire Pre­ven­tion Plan un­der­way as the area’s long-run­ning drought con­tin­ues.

Va­len­cia is on high alert for for­est fires this sum­mer and peo­ple are asked to take pre­cau­tions - and the risk of a wild­fire was dra­mat­i­cally il­lus­trated last week by the huge blaze that hit com­mu­ni­ties around Llutx­ent, in­land from Gan­dia.

Last Fri­day af­ter­noon three small fires were quickly ex­tin­guished be­fore they could spread; one near the Je­sus Po­bre road, a sec­ond near Cansalades, and where an­other two fire­fight­ing air­craft sup­ported lo­cal po­lice in the Pu­chol area drop­ping wa­ter to aid spe­cial­ist for­est fire­fight­ers, lo­cal po­lice and civil pro­tec­tion vol­un­teers on the ground.

The planes scram­bled as a pre­cau­tion be­cause of the area’s close­ness to wood­land and the Montgó nat­u­ral park. Pu­chol has seen three fires in the last week.

Jávea’s plan was agreed ear­lier this year after politi­cians met with ex­perts and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the emer­gency ser­vices; and agree­ment was reached on how to in­stall pre­ven­tion mea­sures in the short and medium term.

The mu­nic­i­pal plan­ning came in the wake of two ma­jor for­est fires - the 2014 blaze on the Montgó, and the 2016 fire that swept across pro­tected land of Granadella from neigh­bour­ing Ben­i­tachell.

And at a spe­cial meet­ing it was de­cided funds from the Ali­cante pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment should be ear­marked to put the first phases of fire pre­ven­tion in place – the team will now de­cide what is an im­me­di­ate 'pri­or­ity' and 'vi­able” us­ing the grant.

Mayor Jose Chulvi said the pre­ven­tion of 'catas­tro­phes' like the Montgo and Granadella in­ci­dents was 'the great con­cern of lo­cal gov­ern­ment' es­pe­cially be­cause of the 'large num­ber of dwellings' in wooded ar­eas 'with the high­est risk of be­ing af­fected'.

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