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The Community requests to take the "necessary aid to return immediately to its ecological value" of the Sierra de Moratalla (08/08/2012)

The damage, quantified in more than 10 million are "very high and heavy" by the extent of burned forest land and the high level of environmental protection of the affected area

The Community, through the Ministry of the Presidency, has submitted all the technical reports of environmental damage assessment, and organic materials, as well as suppression costs, caused by the fire in the mountains of Moratalla, to articulate the request the Central Government of the extraordinary measures to mitigate and repair the consequences of fire, which charred 1,370 acres.

"This is to articulate all the mechanisms at our disposal to obtain in the shortest time possible, the necessary aid to help tackle the damage, both natural and infrastructure assets, and return the ecological and landscape value to the mountains of Moratalla, "said the Minister of the Presidency, Manuel Campos.

The Minister stated "the need for central government to engage actively and decisively in the recovery of the affected area of ​​the town of Moratalla, through grants and compensation and mitigation measures designed to meet the needs arising from this catastrophe."

"The magnitude of the events and their consequences," said Campos, "requires extraordinary measures within the framework of the constitutional principle of solidarity and implementation of equity and equality of treatment".

High losses and large

The head of the Ministry of the Presidency noted that damage from the fire are "very high and large, by the virulence of the flames in the early hours of the disaster, the extent of burned forest land and the high degree of environmental protection the affected area of ​​the Sierra and Vega del Segura and Rivers Alhárabe and Moratalla, under the guise of Community Importance (SCI). "

This was collected preliminary assessment of the reports, which quantify 10,274,573 euros in damages and expenses arising from the fire, which originated in the town of Hellin (Albacete).

Specifically, environmental damage in the protected forest area (1,272 hectares) and unprotected (48 hectares) account for 9,193,775 euros in infrastructure damage, EUR 756,120, the costs of intervention Infomur Plan, 196,275 euros and expenses species, 128,403 euros.

In the work of extinguishing the fire have worked more than 400 land and air of the Civil Protection Plan for Wildfire Emergency in the Region of Murcia (Infomur Plan) between the group staff of extinction, monitoring, coordination, health and logistical support, fire, forest brigades, Security Forces and members of the Emergency Military Unit (UME).

In addition, three helicopters participated in the Ministry of the Presidency, five seaplane FOCA Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and two helicopter gunships KAMOV type.

Source: CARM

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