The Community invests more than 120,000 euros in the construction and adaptation of this space that will be in operation 365 days a year
The Community invested
more than 120,000 euros in the construction of a
new forest base in the municipality of Alhama de Murcia, which will make it possible to improve surveillance and fire prevention in the Sierra Espuña Regional Park. This was stated this Wednesday by the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment, Antonio Luengo, during his visit to the facilities.
“With this new base, we are making progress in the consolidation of a network of infrastructures that support the actions that are carried out in the field of prevention and defense against forest fires in the Region of Murcia”, highlighted the counselor. This facility is a fundamental part for the correct operation of the fire prevention and extinction operation made up of the Terrestrial and Helicarrier Forestry Brigades.
The works, financed with EAFRD Funds, provided the base with a stay and rest room, kitchen, dining room, toilets, changing rooms with showers, storage for tools and machinery and a separate room for the environmental agent on duty.
The staff will provide service in these facilities 365 days a year. In addition to uninterrupted surveillance, it will serve as the basis for the eight extinction specialists that are part of the Alhama Forestry Brigade.
This type of infrastructure was necessary since, on the one hand, the municipal area of
Alhama de Murcia is classified as a High Risk Area by the Infomur Plan and, specifically, the Sierra Espuña Regional Park protected natural area is considered a High Risk Area (ZAR). Currently, the Region of Murcia has a total of 19 Terrestrial Forestry Brigades and four Rapid Intervention Brigades (three people who travel by pick-up, reducing response times in case of emergency), in addition to the Helicarrier Brigades.
During 2020 the
Murcia region suffered 93 forest fires, of which 32 occurred as a result of negligence, 26 were intentional, 17 caused by lightning and 18 due to unknown causes. Of these, those that caused the most damage were those suffered in the Sierra de La Silla (422 hectares affected), in the Sierra de las Carrasquilla (45 hectares) and Cerro Canaleja (just over 17 hectares burned).