Galicia on red alert as seven forest fires blaze on
22 August 2005, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA — Galicia was on red alert as firefighters battled at least seven forest fires across north-west Spain.
22 August 2005
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA — Galicia was on red alert as firefighters battled at least seven forest fires across north-west Spain.
The blazes are part of a series of large-scale forest fires in northern Portugal and Spain.
Over the weekend, the Portuguese government received help from Spain, France Germany and Italy to combat the fires as its own resources became exhausted.
In Galicia itself, firefighters were also battling blazes in Orense, Potevedra and La Coruña.
Authorities were on red alert in case more fires broke out as it was feared many of the blazes had been started on purpose.
Planes were being used to drop water in the hope of stopping their spread and emergency teams were being deployed.
In two cases, people had to be evacuated from their houses in the village of Carnota in the La Coruna region because of the smoke and danger of being caught up in the fast-spreading blazes.
Roads in the area have also been closed as smoke clouds made driving difficult.
According to data from the European Forest Fire Information Service, 81 percent of forest fires in the European Union are in the Iberian Peninsula.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news