The residents’ association ‘San Miguel Arcángel’ has reported there was a fire last Thursday morning in a protected area of the Sierra Escalona and Dehesa de Campoamor, which affected an area of pine trees and shrubs over approximately 1,500 square metres.
It started, according to eyewitnesses, from a farm bonfire that got out of control due to the strong wind and the extreme dryness of the land.
The association has asked the Town Hall to exert maximum control over permissions it grants for the burning of agricultural cuttings, and for precautions to be taken so that fires like this do not happen. “They are totally preventable and this could have turned into an ecological disaster of incalculable proportions,” they said.
The association also urged the authorities to speed up talks to declare the Sierra Escalona a Natural Park, which would increase the conservation measures for this exceptional and unique jewel of the south eastern Iberian Peninsula.