Devastated landscape in Jubrique after six days of the Sierra Bermeja fire. / ÑITO SALAS

Vox rules out climate change as a factor in the Sierra Bermeja fire

The political party’s spokesperson in Andalucía, has attacked the Junta for its management of the six-day blaze

Héctor Barbotta

The Vox spokesman in the Andalusian Parliament, Manuel Gavira, ruled out that climate change was one of the determining factors in the virulence of the fire that ravaged the Sierra Bermeja for six days.

He was challenged if his background allowed him to make such a judgement about global warming, after a sixth-generation fire had blazed for the first time in Spain, Gavira acknowledged, "I simply understood that the fire had been started deliberately."

The parliamentarian attacked the management of the fire by the Junta de Andalucía and said that from the start it was known that the fire was particularly serious. Despite that, he claimed that not all the necessary means were put in place to tackle it and the regional government waited until Sunday.

Manuel Gavira, spokesperson for Vox. / SUR

Gavira said that after the Doñana fire of 2017, when faced with a similar situation, the current president of the Junta, Juanma Moreno, and the now agriculture minister Carmen Crespo, launched similar criticisms against the management of the Andalusian government at that time. "They choose to forget that," he said.