A FOREST fire today, sweeping across the slopes of the Sierra Nevada above the house. I stand on the roof and watch two helicopters and two planes bomb the fire as distant sirens scream. It is breathtaking how close to the mountainside the pilots fly before releasing the water. They really are experts . . .
According to the news site El Independiente Granada, 43 forest firefighters were on the ground tackling the flames, backed up by a medical unit and three buses carrying equipment. The emergency was declared at 13.10 and the blaze was under control by 14.40.
That’s the second fire in just over a year to sweep across the same mountainside. The ground is tinder dry at the moment, with strong winds to fan the flames. It is reassuring to know there are organisations and professional people with the right equipment ready to act at a moment’s notice.