Andalusia has sent this Tuesday half a hundred firemen and several terrestrial means to the fire forest that ravages Cebreros (Avila) in order to collaborate in the tasks of control of the fuego. In total, the community has earmarked a contingent of 56 firefighters and three heavy vehicles, in addition to, among others, several firefighting and operations technicians from the Andalusian Forest Firefighting Service (Infoca plan).
According to the latest estimates released in the early afternoon of this Tuesday, the area affected by the Cebreros fire could exceed 3,500 hectareswith part of the perimeter anchored, but with an unfavorable wind forecast for its extinction.
Specifically, the intervention group Andalusian is made up of a firefighting technician, three operations technicians, 56 firefighters, a logistics group, three heavy firefighting vehicles and a wet nurse, as detailed by Infoca, which has fired them through social networks with a « Good job and be careful.”
🔝 Info sends to #IFCebreros (#avila) an intervention group made up of 1 extinguishing technician, 1 analyst operations technician, 56 #ForestFirefighters1 logistics group, 3 heavy firefighting vehicles and 1 nurse.
Have a good trip. Good job and be very careful.
— INFOCA (@Plan_INFOCA) July 19, 2022
Second night away from home
The inhabitants of the Avila town of The Hole of Pinares relocated in the neighboring municipality of Las Navas del Marqués due to the Cebreros fire They face their second night away from their homes this Tuesday in the hope that the extinction work will allow them to return home this Wednesday.
This has been recognized in statements to Europa Press by several of the evacuees in the facilities of the Vicente Aleixandre de Las Navas School of Infant and Primary Education (CEIP), where they have been sheltered since their evacuation was ordered on Monday afternoon due to the proximity of the fire to the urban area of El Hoyo de Pinares.
All of them acknowledge the “fear” experienced by the siege of fire to which their town was subjected, as well as the need to leave quickly and hardly being able to collect their belongings, but they underline the good treatment provided by the staff of Civil Protection and Red Crossas well as the «solidarity» of its neighbours of Las Navas.
A situation that “is not pleasant for anyone”, as highlighted by a neighbor who was caught having dinner in this town of Avila by the evacuation notice. The man has also referred to the alleged origin of the fire, which points to a badly extinguished cigarette butt, and has warned about this behavior beyond political responsibilities. “A broken head is the one who has done it, the one who pays, it’s not only the politicians’ fault,” she criticized.
“We imagine the worst”
“Everything went very quickly, we imagined the worst,” adds another neighbor who admits the “fear» that generated the scene. “You are seeing what is coming at you and you say, wherever they take me, they take me, the further from the fire, the better,” she pointed out.
Although he acknowledges the difficulty in falling asleep during his first night in Las Navas due to the heat and the concernstresses that they are “almost in family” with the rest of the evicted neighbors of El Hoyo de Pinares.
A first night of anguish that came to close a day that, as an evacuated neighbor points out, passed normally until the flames broke out. “We spent the morning in the pool, it was a divine daypeople were happy and everything was fine, but in the afternoon the whole mess started, it was horrible, “he detailed.
An experience that these neighbors had not lived until now, despite having witnessed other fires in areas not far away. «When we see it on television it seems something else, but when it touches us is when you see how hard it is. leave the house with what is on It’s annoying, ”says one last neighbor whose voice is about to break.
Given the uncertainty about the evolution of the fire, these neighbors will have to spend the next night in their improvised accommodation in Las Navas del Marques hoping to be able to return to their homes, conditions permitting, this Wednesday.