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The Community is already working on the declaration of 'disaster area' for the area affected by fire in the Sierra de Moratalla (12/07/2012)

The Community, through the Ministry of Presidency, already working on the declaration of 'disaster area' for the area affected by fire in Moratalla, affecting 1,370.10 hectares, of which 1320.75 hectares were surface forest and the remaining 49.35 acres, belonged to agricultural land, according to preliminary technical appraisals conducted through global positioning systems (GPS).

The presidential advisor, Manuel Campos, said that this statement must be processed in a "joint and coordinated" by the regional government of Murcia and Castilla-La Mancha.

The goal is to devise the necessary measures to obtain the relevant aids to alleviate the damage caused by the fire, without prejudice to can access the amounts intended by the European Union.

Thus, the Minister Manuel Campos said that "we must act quickly to make the calculation of the costs of the disaster and then meet the community and follow the steps."

Green spaces in the area burned

Fields stressed that the final amount of acres affected "may be reduced" since the inspection technique detected a high percentage of green area not affected by the flames.

Thus, if applied a corrective index of 20 percent would determine some 274.02 acres of parkland in area burned, which would be reduced to some 1,100 hectares.

Specifically, Salmeron area the flames spread over 26.57 kilometers in which burned 659 hectares compared to 592.17 acres burned in Collado Buendía, who had an affected area of ​​17.86 km.

The fire, with an area of ​​42 kilometers, have had a condition on 1,322 hectares of the Sierra and Vega del Segura and Rivers Alhárabe and Moratalla, with the figure for the protection of Community Importance (SCI).

This amount represents a 12.13 per cent of LIC.

Environmental and ecological damage

The head of the Ministry of the Presidency noted that the environmental and ecological value produced by the fire amounted to 4,416 euros per hectare of forest land, which would mean a loss in excess of 9 million euros, adding that the affected area has "a low erosion risk, because it is an area of ​​outstanding few. "

"This is a preliminary assessment, which does not include other aspects to be considered as damage to agricultural land, or wildlife species protected pending inventory in the area," Fields explained.

From now on, work in the fire zone will include parting and stacking of trees affected by fire, natural reforestation, afforestation with trees and shrub species and the development of silvicultural systems in the affected area.

Source: CARM

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