(The Herald Post) – Asturias has activated level 2 alert of the Fire Protection Plan of the Principality (INFOPA) this afternoon, as 18 active fires or fires under review have been reported across 14 municipalities. One of the fires threatens four localities near Oviedo. The regional government has called upon three Brigades of Reinforcement in Forest Fires (BRIF) for support as they combat the flames.
Residents on Edge as Fire Approaches
A fire that broke out in the council of Las Regueras poses a significant threat to several houses in the towns of Soto, Bolgues, and Pereda, as well as Ablanosa in the neighboring municipality of Candamo, according to the Emergency Service of the Principality (SEPA). The severity of the situation prompted the regional government to raise the INFOPA alert level from 1 to 2, indicating the need for extraordinary assistance due to the serious risk to the population.
Collaborative Efforts to Fight the Flames
BRIF units from Tabuyo, Tineo, and Ruente have been dispatched to offer assistance in fighting the fires in Las Regueras, Alea (Ribadesella), and Riopinoso (Valdés), respectively. These units join local firefighting teams, aerial support, and private forestry personnel in the battle against the wildfires.
Additional firefighting teams are addressing outbreaks in Cabrales, Cangas del Narcea, and Navia, as well as other fires under review in Villayón, Piloña, Navia, Llanes, Laviana, and Grado.
Risk Remains High
Despite the INFOPA alert level being reduced to zero last Sunday due to favorable weather conditions, the risk of forest fires in Asturias remains “extreme” in 30 councils, while 41 municipalities are at a “very high” risk. Only seven councils in the westernmost part of the Principality are at a “high” risk.
The level 2 alert for forest fires will remain active in the region, with a burning prohibition in place. The Cantabrian Executive urges an end to social complicity with arsonists and encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity to authorities.