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The Civil Guard investigates a person for a forest fire in Fortuna (07/12/2020)

| In the Huerta Garapacha area, SCI Sierra de la Pila | 1,000 m2 of forest mass and 4,500 m2 of agricultural land were calcined The probable cause was the incandescent ash from a cigar It has had the collaboration of environmental agents The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia has investigated a person who has been instructed for the crime of forest fire, as the alleged perpetrator of the fire that occurred last November in the Huerta Garapacha area, municipality of Fortuna, in 1,000 m2 of forest area and 4,500 m2 of agricultural land were calcined. The action took place when the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) of the Civil Guard became aware of the forest fire that occurred in the Huerta Garapacha area, municipality of Fortuna, which affected about 1,000 m2 of a populated scrub area through pines, bushes and other herbaceous species, as well as 4,500 m2 of agricultural land. The rapid intervention of several fire crews caused the fire to be extinguished before it devastated a large forest area.

The site is included in the area of ??the Site of Community Importance (SCI), called Sierra de la Pila. Once it was suffocated, the SEPRONA civil guards, in collaboration with Environmental Agents of the Environmental Crimes Investigation Brigade (BRIDA), began the investigation with the aim of clarifying its causes and, where appropriate, finding signs of intentionality or negligence.

and identify those responsible. The agents determined that the focus of the fire was in an area with a lot of vegetation and less than 400 meters from the forest land where, apparently, the fire originated accidentally by the fall of incandescent ash from a cigarette. These indications led the civil guards to a person who on the day of the events was smoking in an abandoned crop area with a lot of vegetation.

Apparently, the fall of the incandescent ash caused the spread of the fire. The investigation culminated in the investigation of a 39-year-old man from Fortuna, who was investigated as the alleged perpetrator of the crime of forest fire. The proceedings have been made available to the Court of First Instance and Instruction of Cieza. The author may commit a crime (typified in the current Penal Code), punishable by imprisonment from one to five years and a fine of eighteen to eighteen months. Forest Fires Prevention Plan The Civil Guard, within the framework of the 'Forest Fire Prevention Plan', recalls that, according to the Regulation on Forest Fires approved by Decree 3769/1972, of December 23, as well as the order of May 24, 2010 , of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water, to make a fire in an area classified as forest land, a series of safety measures must be adopted to prevent its spread. These measures include the formation of a firebreak on the edge of the area to be burned, at least two meters away from the surrounding land, have extinguishing tools and water reserves in a quantity not less than 50 liters Do not leave the surveillance of the burned area until the fire is completely out and 12 hours have elapsed since flames or embers are observed.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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