EUR 59m more to fight summer forest fire threat

3rd June 2005, Comments 0 comments

3 June 2005, MADRID — The Spanish government has increased the budget to combat the threat of forest fires this summer.

3 June 2005

MADRID — The Spanish government has increased the budget to combat the threat of forest fires this summer.

Madrid is to add another EUR 59.3 million towards trying to prevent what has become an all-too-common summertime hazard.

The extra cash will go towards improving planning, coordination, prevention and extinction of the fires. 

Measures will include an early warning system on a web page at the National Meteorological Institute, using satellite images to pick up the hottest areas and a coordination plan along the border with Portugal.

A study is to be commissioned into the sociological factors which make people start forest fires.

The number of specialised teams to combat the blazes is to rise from nine to ten.

Two more helicopters which can carry up to 4,500 litres of water are to be used to put out the largest blazes.

There will be four helicopters which can carry 1,200 litres and four planes equipped to transport 3,100 litres.

In total Spain is to have 60 planes or helicopters in all to try to put out the fires.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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