A helicopter with 19 occupants falls to the ground blinded by dust in the Sierra Bermeja fire

One of the helicopters Superpuma of the Infoca Plan has suffered a accident during the extinction tasks of the Sierra Bermeja fire (Málaga). Fortunately, there has been no regret for personal injury and its 19 occupants are well, as detailed by sources from the Board to OKDIARIO Andalucía.

The accident took place when a dust cloud formed by the work of heavy machinery, which has impeded the visibility of the helicopter pilot. The device has collided with a tree and fell to the ground, without any personal injury.

It should be noted that in the fire area they work until 51 air means in a “relatively” small space and next to the work of heavy machinery and forest firefighters, so the tasks of extinction and coordination are not easy at all

Thus, the aforementioned sources have recalled that the risk of accidents increases the larger the means deployed, hence, according to the technicians of the deployed operation, the use of these means must be carefully considered.

This is how he explained it days ago Director of the Regional Operational Center (COR) of Infoca, Juan Sánchez, who emphasized that having more resources does not combat this fire more effectively: “In the end, having more means sometimes only causes problems,” he pointed out.

It should be remembered that last Thursday a firefighter died of the Infoca in the tasks of extinguishing the fire and this Sunday two more firefighters have been injured, although one of them has already been discharged.

Sixth generation fire

The President of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has detailed this Monday that right now there is «almost 1,000 troops fighting ”against this fire and 22 aircraft that can reach up to 51 during the day, and in this regard he has defended that“ few fires in Spain have had and have as many resources at their disposal ”as those in Sierra Bermeja have right now.

He has also pointed out that the fire has «7,780 hectares supposedly burned “, which later” will have to be perimeter, because in fires bald spots occur “with areas that may not have been burned, as specified, and” about 90 kilometers in perimeter. ” There is also “1,616 people evacuated right now»By this fire.

Moreno has reiterated that «we are facing a sixth generation fire, the first to be produced in Spain ”, and which until now had been seen in countries such as the United States or Portugal. “It is a very, very dangerous fire, because it generates a kind of weather conditions of its own, forming such a temperature that it creates those pyrocumulus that are unpredictable and any brigade can be trapped at any time”, in addition to the fact that they themselves “create contrary winds” .

Some fires that «technically they can’t be turned off. The technical capacity to limit the fire in this type of fires does not exist “, lamented the Andalusian leader, who added that he himself has been able to verify, mounted on a helicopter,” how a plane has come, has poured the water and, Before reaching the ground, “that water has evaporated because” there is such a temperature “in the fire” that it melts and does not reach the ground, it does not cool.

Thus, the president of the Board has indicated that in the face of these fires “the first thing we have to do is learn, collaborate and cooperate all”, and in this regard he thanked the “cooperation from all over Spain“, Since media from all over the country have joined in to fight this fire, as it has affected, and” of course the State itself through the UME». For this reason, he wanted to assess the prevailing “climate of maximum coordination”, which “is what is important in this type of tragedy.”

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