August 31, 2012 at 9:40 am #57035
A fire which has burnt 1000 hectares is till raging, started in Coín and has now reached marbella. According to Sur some of Elviria Hills may be alight.
“Ahora mismo estamos viendo cómo arde un edificio de 3 o 4 plantas sin que podamos hacer nada”, afirmaba. Se trata de un bloque de viviendas en la urbanización Elviria Hill, en Marbella. El viento había avivado el fuego, que avanzaba por distintos frentes hacia el hospital comarcal, hacia Mijas, Ojén y hacia Monda. La autopista de peaje AP7 está cortada al tráfico, en ambas direcciones, y se empiezan a registrar problemas en el suministro eléctrico en distintas zonas de Marbella, localidad donde también está siendo desalojada la
Briefly “We can see a building of 3 or 4 stories burning and cannot do anything which is in Elviria hills Marbella” 🙁
August 31, 2012 at 9:56 am #111927
Yes I saw this, apparently 3300 people evacuated from Ojen behind Marbella, another 1000 evacuated nearby, fire in the hills behind Mijas, Alhaurin el Grande and Coin, and reached Elviria and Calahonda but fire service reckons wind has shifted in their favour 🙄
August 31, 2012 at 10:00 am #111929
i have been reading about it from friends on face book its heading towards Monda but residents in Elviria,los monteros and el rosario have been allowed to return home.
August 31, 2012 at 11:41 am #111931
some good photos of it.
4 of the 3 fronts were put out early morning today.
2 injuries so far.
area of entrerrios, atalaya envacuated yesterday, but i beleive allowed to return today.
Supposedly Elviria hills evacuated, but no damage to properties.
2 injuries so far, no fatalities.
August 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm #111932
August 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm #111934
bbc reporting one elderly man has died after returning after been evacuated
August 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm #111935
According to Sur 2 people from El Rosario are in hospital with serious burns. There has just been a report on SKY and an interview with a local woman. I think it was Calahonda where she said some apartments were on fire. Seems as if the protected pine forest outside our garden has turned to black ashes. We had clear views of the pines right to the Sierras and what with good sea views was a great selling point, fortunate that we sold….takes years to recover…if ever 🙁
September 1, 2012 at 6:52 am #111943
Anyone who has driven from Marbella to Coin via Ojen will know how stunning this area is as part of the Sierra de las Nieves national park.
I imagine the hundred year old cork trees burn easily.
I drove that route almost every day and the scenery always lifted my spirits.
It is also one of the last places where the Iberian lynx and wild boars were known to be
I just hope the campo recovers soon
such a shame
La Mariena is reported to be nearly destroyed by Sky. I just hope they are exaggerating.
September 1, 2012 at 7:42 am #111944
It’s little consolation to anyone who has had property damaged (even just smoke damage can wreck a place) but according to a documentary I saw on forest fires, nature soon recovers from a fire of this sort. The wildlife gets back to normal within a couple of years, although it obviously takes longer for the trees to re-establish themselves. In fact some scientists believe it’s a natural occurence in woodland over long periods, and helps to put certain elements back into the soil.
September 1, 2012 at 8:25 am #111946
GJ we used to do this drive regularly too and detour to Ojen sometimes for lunch etc and yes it’s really attractive.
Depending on the amount of burn damage it can sometimes take years for the trees to grow back on mountainsides so not always a quick recovery. I remember huge fires around LA and San Diego destroying large areas of mountainsides some years back and they may not recover for 50 years or so, mind you they were mainly pine/fir trees that burnt and everywhere was black/grey ash skeleton covered.
What could add further woes to properties in these areas is that if the surrounding countryside is charred or now known to burn sometimes, it will put people off even more.
Maybe a lesson from this, don’t buy property on a slope covered with trees/vegetation just because the view up there is good 🙄
September 1, 2012 at 9:29 am #111948
nature will only replenish itself, if we have a wetter winter than last year.
don’t worry too much about the forest. most of the fire seems to have moved too quickly to cause serious damage to the trees. Here’s hoping at least. I will try and get to the Enrtrerrios areas tomorrow, if I do I try to get some photos of the area.
September 1, 2012 at 9:56 am #111950
Well there is plenty of videos in the media of blackened tree stumps 🙁 Says in Sur today that it will take at least 30 years to regenerate. I remember the bad mijas fire some years ago and some of the mountains took about 7 years to become green again.
I have been sent some short clips of El Rosario, can’t believe it could happen to an established urbanisation. (My parents had a house there). Some houses burnt out, cars melted in the street, all the hedges around property gone and so much ash it looks like it has snowed. I am not sure what has happened outside our old house, the bottom of the garden lead into the pine forest and the border had a lot of ancient eucalyptus trees which I loved. It did use to worry me sometimes when I saw BBQ sparks from terraces drifting into the trees!
September 1, 2012 at 11:12 am #111951
I know that an occasional poster lives in La Mairena. Post as blackberry way I think hope they are OK. The area there is part of a UNESCO Biosphere.
There is another village high up from the Costa del Sol hospital, pretty little village.
Cant remember its name perhaps Katy can help me name it.
Edited to say found it
September 3, 2012 at 9:01 am #111971
not very dramatic photos, but gives you an idea. Took in Entrerrios, Mijas, one of the first areas evacuated. Mostly fire followed roads, saw no damage to actual houses, but some has scorched trees on the borders of land.
I’m only posted photos of an area we like to walk through sometimes, but could not explore as much as I wanted as there were still spots smoldering, and was not willing to explore more with my kids in tow.
September 3, 2012 at 9:38 am #111974
La Mairina, Elviria Las Chapas, and Ojén seem to have suffered the most. About 5 houses are badly damaged in El Rosario, some structurally. According to Sur today, about 100 houses have been affected. Around 50 of these are deemed illegal or alegal 🙄 so there may be complications getting permission to make them habitable again….you couldn’t make it up could you
Julio Iglesia’s place has 200 hectres damaged, his place is North of Elviria although the boundary is in Ojén. Norwegian friends in El Rosario have a blackened front garden and a swimming pool full of ash but otherwise ok.
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