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'The fire has a life of its own': New ash cloud sparks concern in the Sierra Bermeja

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Infoca specialist teams continue their work this Sunday. / SUR

  • The villages of Jubrique, with a population of 523, and Genalguacil (393) have been safely evacuated as a precaution this Sunday

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 fire has a life of its own': New ash cloud sparks concern in the Sierra Bermeja

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.

The evacuation of Jubrique by the emergency services this Thursday morning.

The evacuation of Jubrique by the emergency services this Thursday morning. / 112 ANDALUCÍA