Galicia recovers from worst fires in 15 years
16 August 2006, GALICIA — As all the forest fires were finally brought under control in Galicia, authorities said on Wednesday 70,000 hectares of land had been destroyed.
16 August 2006
GALICIA — As all the forest fires were finally brought under control in Galicia, authorities said on Wednesday 70,000 hectares of land had been destroyed.
The regional government added at least 1,000 homes were damaged by 12 days of blazes across the northwest province.
The cost of the forest fires has been put at hundreds of millions of euros, though estimates vary.
Emilio Pérez Touriño, head of the Galician government, said the fires which started on 1 August, had burnt up to 70,000 hectares.
This is the same amount of land which was destroyed by fire in Galicia in the whole of 2005.
The province has suffered the worst forest fires for 15 years.
Experts have said the blazes may damage the sealife off Galicia, which is an important part of the local economy, because ash from the fires will be carried into the seas and contaminate shellfish.
Among the 29 arrested for allegedly starting the blazes, is one firefighter.
He was arrested by a group of residents in Galicia who claimed he was buying petrol to start more fires.
The man, who was not named, was allegedly spotted with a litre of petrol and 14 lighters.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news