Wildfire in La Jonquera claims fourth fatality and still burning
The fires are still burning and Alt Empordà have already claimed their fourth fatality. Fire rescue workers continue to work intensively on extinguishing the fire of La Jonquera, which is still active.
The fires are still burning and Alt Empordà have already claimed their fourth fatality. The Fire of the Government continue to work very intensively in the work of extinguishing the fire of La Jonquera, which is still active, having become known that the cause of fire was a bad butt off. The interior minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, who has visited the affected area, has announced tougher penalties against those who commit crimes of recklessness that end in death.
In a hearing that started at 20:30, the Minister d'Interior, Felip Puig said that the forecast for tonight are favorable. "The fire is still active and focus efforts on Terrades Darnius and the Boadella and in Cantellops, Vilanant and Cistella, in order that the fire does not reach the Garrotxa. The humidity will recover and rise to 70 percent made to help turn off the lights, like the falling temperatures, "he said.
Puig considered that the main concern at this time of the firefighters about a fire that has burned more than 13,800 hectares, "the western flank" of the fire, which threatens the Garrotxa. However, considered to be able to contain it, even though the wind conditions, which, throughout the morning has been a "complete turnaround" could complicate it. "We work hard to attack at night," he added.
Puig has insisted on asking for "maximum caution" to citizens, since the folly of throwing cigarette butts on the roads is behind both the fire and the La Jonquera Portbou. The minister has urged citizens to be aware of the danger of throwing the butts on the road. "Hopefully we will soon be a country with no butts on the roads," he said.
With regard to the AP-7, the route has reopened after being cut several times this morning at the height of the French border. The fire forced to cut motorway southbound, while in the opposite direction also had to cut a road accident involving three vehicles.
According to the Minister, among the most complicated is the front Cantallops area to the north, is a front inaccessible from the Pertús, Cantallops up the road to Sant Climent, which has been assigned to the Emergency Military Unit (UME .) Also the northern and southern Darnius north Boadella reservoir, and the area of the town of Boadella, "are the most vulnerable areas" that they hope to control because if the fire could reach leafy areas of the High Garrotxa through a wooded area not clear.
"The Eastern front is relatively contained because the wind has been subsiding, becoming Marinade and Llevant, the plain of the Gulf of Roses should not worry too much," he stated.
The fire has entered phase Portbou control at about 22:00 on Sunday, three hours after it originated, according to Agrupació Forest Defence (ADF) of the Alt Empordà. The fire has burned about 50 acres and forced to cut the C-16. Therefore, the barriers were opened Cadi Tunnel to allow free passage and facilitate the movement to France.
As for the movement, has now reopened the N-II, and as reported by the Catalan Traffic Service (SCT) remains open driving on the highway N-260. Furthermore, conventional trains Portbou line fly-Barcelona-Figueres work.
With regard to electricity, the Minister of Home Affairs, Government of Catalonia Felip Puig, said that since there are only 62 subscribers without electricity, which have been reduced to 3,000 subscribers reported problems this morning. Refueling is expected "virtually all" as soon as possible.
Tragedy in Portbou
A 15 year old daughter and her father about 60 years, both French nationals, were killed after jumping into the sea from a cliff to get caught by the fire that originated around 19:00. Both have suffered multiple injuries and died by drowning. Another 23 people were injured in their attempt to flee the flames. Among them, a girl of 8 years, which has been transferred to the Hospital Josep Trueta in critical condition with multiple injuries after jumping off the cliff. Several people have disappeared while trying to save their lives.
Some have reported present testimony at lavanguardia.com as Wassily René, who told us how some who have tried to escape over the cliff "have been walking downhill on the other hand, other than where they were coming down the rest. In After a while the boat is at hand and have been thrown from a height of about 20 or 30 meters. " The reader has acknowledged having seen one of those affected are launched into space.
Portbou mayor, Josep Lluís Sales, regretted that the fire on Sunday has spread to the delay of firefighters. Speaking to Catalunya Informació by Europa Press, Sales explained that when the fire started in Portbou, the municipal fire truck was aydudando Parthus with fire, like the neighboring Llançà. "When they reached the first fire had been 50 minutes, with the north wind did was like wildfire," he stated.
Order of confinement in three municipalities
The Directorate General of Civil Protection of the Government on Monday lifted the instruction of confinement in the Alt Empordà (Girona), but remains in three towns near the fire area Darnius, Terrades and The Vajol.
Civil Protection has urged people who have respiratory problems to stay at home if possible if you feel discomfort, and if you need more information, call the phone advised health care of the Government 'Sanitat Respon' (061). Moreover, the smoke caused by fire, the smell of burnt pine and ash will be "persistent" in the provinces of Girona and Barcelona, and remains activated the emergency phase 2 of the plan InfoCat to the situation. The authorities also recommend restricting the maximum displacement in the region of Girona Costa Brava.