Listen to the government team that it is possible to recover the comforts Almadenes Canyon.
Only with such messages will get to join efforts of governments and citizens to restore this natural area is a sanctuary of rock art, declared of Cultural Interest in 1985 and intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO in 1998.
The Mayor of Cieza, Pascual Lucas, assessed with the councilors of Environment and Heritage, José Eduardo Illueca and Manuela Fernández, respectively, the damage caused by three fires in the mountains of Almorchón, La Palera and Height Mulatón or Almadenes.
"Now is the time to make assessments and make the necessary efforts to recover the affected areas with the Ministry of Environment, which we have personally requested a reforestation plan and revitalization of the affected areas," said the alderman after recounting of in detail extinguishing work carried out by the emergency device.
He summoned all ciezanos to collaborate in the same direction.
And the work of cleaning and regeneration of the burnt areas is everyone's job.
"It is also time for the ciezanos, with the courage we have always had, show that we are able to get up from the ground and fight for you to regain this place so loved by all. I do not doubt of citizen collaboration the cleanup and reforestation, "he said.
Lucas thanked operating and volunteers who have worked in the firefighting means.
In his opinion, "Cieza is extremely grateful to all who participated in the work of extinguishing three fires, including collaboration from neighboring regions. Therefore, the appreciation and the effort that remains is what we want manifest now. "
"The paintings are intact and do not suffer any harm"
"The Canyon Almadenes is wounded, but not killed have wounds that need to heal in the coming years, but the pass is still alive and treasuring an environmental value out of range".
They are words of Councillor for the Environment, José Eduardo Illueca, who referred to the situation of this enclave protected from environmental point of view.
"Fortunately he added, the worst fears have not been met. At least they have not done at its worst, but we can not not share claims that minimize damage to this unique environment. The canyon is not the river as it passes through the place , is not even the riparian forest, this gorge from an environmental and landscape view, is a unitary element covering at least three distinct elements: the highlands, the slopes and the bottom of the barrel "..
In this sense, Illueca stressed that "understanding the barrel of this unit form, one can only say after the fire that damaged, even severely damaged, but by no means is destroyed or lost Cieza, because such an assessment would be exaggerated, and You would depart from the truth. "
The hope must never be lost, even if it costs hold on to it: "We have to wait for the recovery plans and regeneration present the Autonomous Region What to do urgently is to remove the burned wood, because otherwise a risk you run. important pest ".
"In particular, we can say in this provisional assessment that the barrel from the Merganser to the end, is intact. Among the Mulata and Serreta, the fire has penetrated the top and burned part of the slopes at various points, with severe visual and environmental impact. This is areas very difficult ecological recovery. The riparian forest has not been affected. The land is open to the canyon are burned on the right bank. All saw the Palera is calcined. also there on the left bank, in the Serreta, mainly espartizales ".
He insisted that this is a provisional assessment, "because you have to wait for reports of environmental technicians and the competent organs of the Community. We must not forget that they are natural areas protected by European legislation and whose management is therefore the competence of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia. "
Councillor Heritage, Manuela Fernández, meanwhile, said that after numerous inspections carried out, the absence of a detailed report on the relevant technical, "we can say that the paintings of the area have not suffered any damage, except around the Arco I and Arco II coats. In this sense, we can congratulate them all. "
He also said that "we have much work ahead. There are a lot of cleaning in the vicinity of the shelters, and above all to preserve the paintings. None of the 19 stations with rock art Almadenes has been affected. Thus, within the Unfortunately a fire of this magnitude, it is good news that we should rejoice all. "
Source: Ayuntamiento de Cieza