I have lived in the campo between Pego and the coast for 15 years. I am concerned about the number of fires being lit during this summer.
I rose this morning, Wednesday, to find ‘workers’ piling large tree cuttings within 5 metres of my house ready for burning.
An argument ensued and the workmen eventually retreated to a grove possibly 30 metres away. The fire burnt furiously and was then left unattended smouldering in an increasing breeze.
I had already phoned the police as advised by Fire Watch. Policia local arrived may be 2 hours or so later. They witnessed the unattended fire and then advised me of this… you chose to live in the campo and therefore must put up with this. If I lived in the town, I would have to put up with fiestas etc. I said I would phone the bomberos, and they said if I did, I would receive an invoice for the costs.
Add to this that I also have photos taken today of enormous piles of tree cuttings covered in diesel oil presumably waiting to be burnt and some of the same dumped in a stream right on the boundary with the Marjal Natural Park.
This cannot be right. Not only is it dangerous its environmental vandalism.
I think this is worth reporting. What I have said is just as it was with no embellishment. As an aside and of no consequence to fact… the police were disgraceful in their attitude.
Thanks for reading