Raking over the ashes

GRANADELLA: Fighting the September fires.

A FORESTRY engineer claimed that the September fires could be the result of official negligence. 

He called on the Public Prosecutor for Environmental offences to investigate the Generalitat and Javea Town Hall for a possible infraction or crime.

He had examined maps of Granadella and the urbanisations devastated by fire in early September as well as public infrastructure, the engineer said.  

Firebrands and hot embers flew from Cumbre del Sol in Benitachell to Granadella and from here to neighbouring urbanisations where more than 1,400 people were evacuated.   “Clearly there were no firebreaks or fire-prevention plans for the affected urbanisations,” the forestry expert maintained.  

The Valencian Community’s fire-prevention laws go back to 1993 but failure to enforce them is widespread, putting thousands of lives at risk both recklessly and unnecessarily, he insisted. “The town halls and the Generalitat do not respond with sufficient vigour to these serious and frequent fires.”

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