Highest number of forest fires for ten years
19 September 2005, MADRID — Forest fires have destroyed more than 153,000 hectares in the past year - or 25 percent more land than last year.
19 September 2005
MADRID — Forest fires have destroyed more than 153,000 hectares in the past year - or 25 percent more land than last year.
The environment ministry said latest figures showed 153,285 hectares were lost in blazes in the past 12 months.
The worst fire took place earlier this summer when 11 volunteer fire fighters died when the wind changed and they became encircled near Guadalajara in central Spain.
The area burnt in fires is the highest in the past ten years — except in 2000, when 161,647 hectares were lost in blazes.
There were 15,111 fires in the past year, 4,000 more than the average over the past decade.
Up to 11 September, when the latest data was measured, 66,054 hectares of woodland was destroyed by fires — the largest amount for ten years.
The rest of the area burnt by fire has been open mountains or thicket.
Almost two thirds or 63 percent of these fires were in the north-west of the country, in Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and in the Basque Country.
In contrast, the Mediterranean coast only suffered 12 percent of all forest blazes this year.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news