FOLLOWING a major fire in the locality, the town hall of San Miguel de Salinas has asked the Valencian Government for an extension of the temporary fire station.
The station was set up just for the summer period to act as a vital back-up force to other local brigades, and they have been called upon often to assist in a series of fires. The latest call-out was for a large blaze in woodland between Pilar de la Horadada and San Miguel de Salinas which destroyed over 1,000 square metres of pine trees.
The town hall have said that it is “necessary and useful” for the fire station to stay longer than originally planned because the sierra Escalona has protected area status and is shortly to be declared a natural park. Local councillor María José Costa sent a letter to the Valencian authorities to ask for the extension and follows up one already sent at the end of July.
“It is vitally important that the fire brigade respond quickly and effectively, which is only possible with a fire station nearby, as unfortunately we have found,” she said.