The Sierra Bermejo forest fire it is already under control. The rains that have fallen in the area throughout the night Monday they have allied with the troops deployed to extinguish the fire, who have declared the level 0 emergency, as indicated by the Infoca Plan.
The fire, declared last Wednesday and still active, has claimed the life of a firefighter and has swept away 9,670 hectares, according to provisional estimates. In addition, it has caused the confinement of several localities and the evacuation of almost 3,000 neighbors.
The Chairman of the Board, Juanma Moreno, has detailed in social networks that “the rain that has been falling for hours has been the best ally of the intense and admirable work of the checkpoints. Level 0 is activated ». «Now there is a complex phase until its extinction. Much encouragement, “said the Andalusian leader.
The rain that has been falling for hours has been the best ally of the intense and admirable work of the checkpoints.
Level 0 is activated. Now a complex phase remains until its extinction.
Much encouragement. pic.twitter.com/Sg9aRYTtjd
– Juanma Moreno (@JuanMa_Moreno) September 14, 2021
The work of the troops who fight against the fire allowed since last night the residents of the municipalities of Jubrique, Faraján, Júzcar, Alpandeire y Pujerra, who had to be evacuated last Sunday in a preventive way due to the fire, could go back to their homes.
Moreno asks to toughen the Penal Code
The Andalusian leader has stated this Tuesday that he will fight the “battle” to modify the Penal Code and toughen the penalties for those who intentionally cause forest fires. The first investigations suggest that the Sierra Bermeja it was provocated, since it had two light bulbs and “two piles of litter and on top of it a pineapple, lit with a lighter” were found.
In an interview with Zero Wave, collected by Europa Press, the Chairman of the Board has stated that the «blessed rain»That has fallen in the last hours has made it possible to control the fire in Sierra Bermeja, in which for several days the troops who were fighting the fire have run a permanent risk, making drastic decisions in the face of a fire that seemed« inextinguishable ».
As indicated, from day one, all indications pointed that the fire had been caused, with too much “bad slime” to do the “greatest damage possible.” In fact, as the president recalled, this fire has killed an Infoca worker, a public servant.
The president has trusted that, as a result of the investigation that the Civil Guard has opened, it will finally find those who have caused this fire. «That they do not sleep peacefully, that when they least expect it, the Civil Guard will arrive and stop them, “the president warned.
However, he has also taken the opportunity to show his concern that the penalties against those who cause forest fires in this country are not so harsh, since when they are arrested and brought before the judge, they end up receiving sentences of about two years in jail and if they don’t have a record, they don’t go to prison, so in the end “absolutely nothing happens to them.”
For Juanma Moreno, you have to toughen the Penal Code in this matter, because arson is increasing and has a cost in terms of human, material and social lives. This has been transferred to the President of the Government himself, Pedro Sánchez, who considered it “reasonable” to address this matter.
In this sense, the head of the regional executive has stressed that he will ask the Popular Group in Congress to present an initiative proposing that the Penal Code be amended to toughen the penalties for those who intentionally set fires.