Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Carcastillo fire remains active and out of control

The evolution of the Carcastillo wildfire Throughout the morning it has allowed the withdrawal of air means of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge working in the area.

According to the report of 112 Sos Navara, two helicopters of Navara government, fire department and environment guard are working to douse the fire.

The work of firefighters and weather conditions during the previous night It has been possible for the area burned by the flames not to rise significantly.

The largest of the fires declared in Navarra since the horrific fire a month earlier forced the provincial government to activate Level 2 of the Civil Protection Plan for emergencies due to wildfire (INFONA plan), which For it was able to rely on the support of airborne means sent by the state. In the afternoon, one of the sources of the fire – the one affecting the straw or crop land – was considered controlled, while the one closest to the city – was not in danger, as they were several kilometers away at all times. The flames and the wind continued to blow in the opposite direction throughout the day – in the pine forests of the Punta de la Atalay region, it remained active.

Carcastillo Fire Remains Active And Out Of Control


Fire in Carcastillo

The fire, which was informed to SOS Navarra through several calls received from 1:18 p.m., developed very quickly from multiple sources, some near the NA-178 road (Peralta-Carcastillo-Aragon border). Situated in the range of extensive pine forest. , and others have already been harvested in some nearby crop fields. A strong northwest wind pushed the fire into a pine forest located southeast of Carcastillo’s urban center.

Units from Tafla, Tudela, Peralta, Sanguesa, Estella, Cordovilla and Lodosa Parks take part in the extermination operations, in addition to two BHIFs with their respective helicopters, the third helicopter of the Government of Navarra and the Air Tractor aircraft based in Noen. – Pamplona Airport. In addition, the Ministry of Ecological Transitions (MITCO) sent a BRIF brigade based in Lubia (Soria), two Foca aircraft from Zaragoza and Torrejón, another coordinating aircraft for aerial means and another in Burgos after finishing their work on the fire. . Two air tractor aircraft from Agoncillo (La Rioja), which allowed the Lubia Brigade to withdraw. In addition, the Government of Aragon provided a BRIF for Agia Park.

On the other hand, although the military emergency unit (UME) had previously been requested to engage troops, those responsible for the device verified that, given the development of the fire, the available means were sufficient, what ultimately led to his intervention. is not needed.

many farms were in danger

Also part of the device were environmental technicians and employees of the environmental nursery, who provided a bulldozer, and Red Cross volunteers collaborated with the staff in logistics operations. Municipality of Carcastillo, In addition to them, residents of the city helped open farms and businesses closest to the flames with their tractors, which were ultimately unaffected by the flames, and provincial police and civil guard agents monitored circulation in the affected area. and make arrangements. By fire, which has forced the closure of the NA-178 road.

Although the fire remains active, weather forecasts point to a decrease in temperature, as well as an increase in humidity, more favorable conditions for working to stabilize the fire.

Javier Ramirez: “It looks like the fire was set intentionally”

First Vice President and President of the Government of Navarra, Minister of Equality, Civil Service and Interior, Javier RamirezTraveled yesterday afternoon with the general director of the environment, Paul MunozzoFor advanced command post, from where action of mobilized resources is coordinated, so as to know the development of fire on the ground.

There, Remirez reported that, “though with caution”, the fire was “intentional” and “not accidental”, in line with earlier indications that suggest there was two simultaneous focus, The flames were “moving around an area of ​​pine forests around Carcastillo” but, fortunately, the strong wind played in the neighbours’ favor, as the orientation “has taken it away from the population centers.” This meant that the fire was the perimeter “with its own resources, the state’s air resources and the land resources of the Zaragoza Provincial Council”, a position reached, although work on the ground to ensure the situation during that night. Being done, it was “solution oriented” late yesterday.

In the end, the help of the UME was not needed, which was initially requested, as the fire did not affect the population centers and could be controlled with deployed means. “We are waiting for the night temperature drop and extinction work to be more effective,” Remirez said.

The mayor of Carcastillo was also present at the meeting. Javier Igalo, Director of the Fire Service, Pedro Zaro; Chief of the Foral Police, Juan Carlos Japico; The Director of the Civil Defense Service, José Javier Boulandier, and those responsible for the Civil Guard, who have taken over the investigation into the causes of the incident.

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