A new pyrocumulus, a cloud of smoke and ash created by the Sierra Bermeja fire itself, once again threatens the towns of Genalguacil (393 inhabitants) and Jubrique (523), which have been evacuated this Sunday, 12 September.
The situation, at the moment, is very tense given the unpredictability of the phenomenon - which can cause a discharge of incandescent material to rain down on the area.
The internal dynamics of the fire, now classed as sixth generation and category E - the maximum level of severity contemplated in the Infoca Plan – is making the control and stabilisation of the blaze very difficult.
"This fire has a life of its own," the Infoca forest fire brigade acknowledged.
The situation changed dramatically at exactly at 2.23am this Sunday morning when a new blaze broke out on the northern front of the fire, after it jumped a ravine, close to the municipalities Genalguacil and Jubrique.
Sources say that this new pyrocumulus could cover an area of 10 kilometres and be even greater than the one that was formed on Friday, which forced the lockdown of the residents of Jubrique and Genalguacil.
Also this Sunday morning, the Government has deployed the Military Emergency Unit (UME) to help fight the fire, at the request of the Junta de Andalucía. The troops will join the several hundred Infoca crews on the ground, which are supported from the air by helicopters and planes dropping water on the flames.
Un nuevo incendio provocado por las pavesas del #IFJubrique complica el trabajo del @Plan_INFOCA y está propiciando un nuevo pirocúmulo. Desalojamos Jubrique por precaución y lo haremos con Genalguacil.— Juanma Moreno (@JuanMa_Moreno) September 12, 2021
Los técnicos han pedido que la @UMEgob se sume a las tareas de extinción. pic.twitter.com/S3LYzYaTXC