Javea to prevent forest fires by clearing ravines and forest areas

Javea to prevent forest fires by clearing ravines and forest areas

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The Javea City Council has called for contractors to quote to clear the ravines and forest areas surrounding the city in an effort to prevent wildfires.

The call came on Monday, August 8 after it became clear that the Council did not have the equipment of the staff needed to undertake the difficult work.

Most of the areas concerned are said to be difficult to access and specialised equipment will be needed to clear the vegetation.

Companies that are interested in undertaking the work have until August 30 to submit bids, with a budget of €158,000 being set aside for the work.

Mayor of the Environment, Beaches and Tourism, Antonio Miragall, said: “This is not about helping the operators or the brigades municipal authorities to work in the green areas of the city, but rather the intention is to access those areas or places that the council cannot access with the equipment it has available.  

In effect the council is looking for a company to maintain the network of ravines and heritage plots surrounding the city. These areas are said the have dense undergrowth which could catch alight easily.  

Miragall added: “Municipal operators do not have such specific material as to access natural enclaves where the vegetation has grown a lot and can pose a risk to the environment.” The company that undertakes the work must have the ability to access these difficult areas and to be able remove all the weeds that may pose a danger.

The council wants the work to be carried out over the winter with the possibility of the contract being extended to two or three years.

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Peter McLaren-Kennedy

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    • Craig

      06 December 2022 • 13:54

      Getting back to a proactive approach towards FIRE. Maybe they should be implementing the same as other fire departments around Spain. Javea has a big problem with dead trees in surrounding areas and neighborhoods.

      Dead trees are a serious fire hazard!

      Fire Officials are concerned about tree die off in Moraga and Orinda.

      Moraga-Orinda Fire Officials are concerned about the increased number of dead or dying Monterey Pine trees in Lamorinda neighborhoods. It doesn’t take much looking to see the telltale red needles of a dying pine. Official’s concerns are centered around the upcoming wildland fire season; those red needles will dry as summer approaches; they are highly flammable, and when fire climbs into the tree, they can detach and become firebrands or embers which are capable of igniting downwind spot fires. These spot fires can start anytime burning embers land in receptive fuel beds and carry as far as a mile.

      With very few exceptions, once a tree’s needles turn red, the tree will not recover and must be removed. Removal reduces the community’s risk of wildfire and is required by the fire code.

      Moraga Orinda Fire District would like to remind everyone that “Dead trees are a serious fire hazard as they allow fire to spread rapidly. If residents have dead or dying trees on their property, the fire code requires they be removed to reduce wildfire risk”. Fire District inspectors will begin their annual vegetation management inspections in the Spring and issue citations for properties that are not in compliance. Please assess your property for pines with telltale red needles and contact a local arborist to schedule their removal as soon as possible. More information about the fire code is available on MOFD’s website at

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