/ Mountain fire threatens Finestrat, Costa Blanca
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My mother lives in finestrat to. I have spoken to her and she has described the scene as like something from a movie. She is very scared as i am sure you are.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care and be safe
Looking out of my window it looks thankfully that the fire is possibly out, at least at this side of the mountain. The wind seems to have slackened and this may be contributing to the fire abating. Let's hope this is the end of it and it is now under control.
Sadly, I have just read a local website and it seems that there have been houses burnt in the La Nucía area and also I read that Alfaz de Pi is now under threat once again as the fire has returned to that direction. This is not official, it is just what I read on another forum.
So sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you and I hope the damage to your home is minimal. All the best, Mark.
Found this, it's the local Valencian news channel. http://www.rtvv.es/video/video_informa.asp?id=24012009_incendinucia.flv
I have just been onto a local forum and someone who has a good view of the mountain and La Nucia and Alfaz informs us that the fires are now receding. This was at 00.15 local time.
News item I found on the Internet:
About 14.000 inhabitants of La Nucía, in the Spanish province of Alicante, were evacuated on Saturday after a large forest fire started, says a spokesman of the government of the region Valencia, Serafin Castellano.
The fire was probably caused by an electricity pylon, which was blown over by the gale-force winds. The fire started around 9.30 a.m. It also reached the communities of Benidorm, Finestrat and Polop de la Marina. Nearly 500 firemen tried to control the flames Saturday night, says a spokesman of the emergency services. They were hindered by the very strong winds.
At the time of writing I can see water aeroplanes, from the window of my house, extinguishing the remains of the fire. The slackening of the gale-force winds has made it possible for the planes to fly. Full details of the damage at the time of writing is still unknown to me.
See also http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_19768.shtml
A friend of mine and his wife, living in La Tapiada Marraix, were evacuated yesterday night. He tells me they will propably be able to there home this afternoon...
A brief shower was welcomed late this afternoon, but now we have clear skies and a return of strong winds, this can only be a worry to locals and emergency services.
There is a great deal of damage to property and to trees around the area, and with strong winds now returning, increases the danger of wind blown debris.
Those wishing to climb, should be aware that strong winds are often the most dangerous conditions to climb in the mountains, as the wind shakes the bushes and trees where stones or rocks have come to rest. I have seen this happen personally many times.
Hope to visit your new crag this week - have you done the topo yet? Also I have a route or two for you to try in Abdet! (too hard for me)
How was it up in Abdet during the gales?
I'll see if I can find that photo
I'm still in the UK - I think Abdet has survived!
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