Tough new laws to limit forest fires

28th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 July 2005, MADRID – Spain's MPs were called to an emergency sitting on Thursday to approve a package of measures against forest fires.

28 July 2005

MADRID – Spain's MPs were called to an emergency sitting on Thursday to approve a package of measures against forest fires.

Vice-president María Teresa Fernández de la Vega told the Congress smoking and lighting fires in wooded areas should be banned.

The fire in Guadalajara earlier this month, in which 11 volunteer firefighters died, was started by a barbeque lit by a walker against the safety advice of a guide.

The new law was put before Congress at noon on Thursday, with MPs meeting in Spain's Upper House, the Senate, because their usual venue, el Palacio de la Carrera de San Jerónimo, is undergoing renovations.

One hundred seats were taken in to the Senate to accommodate the 350 MPs.

Fernández de la Vega said at the next cabinet meeting ministers would discuss the details of compensation for those affected by the fire in Guadalajara in which 12,900 hectares of land were destroyed.

MPs voted overwhelmingly to implement the government's proposal, with none voting against but 17 abstaining.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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