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article imageThree-quarters of Spain under extreme risk of fire

By Anne Sewell     Aug 22, 2013 in Environment
With a continuing heatwave spreading across the country, 17 Spanish provinces have been placed on a state of high alert due to fire risks.
A map which has been issued by the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), and can be viewed here, shows the probability of fires across different parts of Spain.
According to this map, virtually the entire country is designated at 'extreme' or 'very high' risk.
The few exceptions are parts of the Pyrenees, a portion of Cantabria, the Mediterranean coast and parts of the Atlantic coast.
The Canary Islands feature strongly on the map, with the larger islands being considered the highest risk.
AEMET has placed 17 provinces on alert due to high temperatures in central and southern Spain. With current conditions, temperatures are expected to once again climb above 40ºC.
In the north-east of Spain, storms are also expected which could make things worse in the event of fire.
Some areas of Spain have already been hit by fires this summer including Mallorca, where Digital Journal reported on a fire in July caused by people barbecuing and carelessly tossing away the hot coals.
The Balearic island is once again suffering from a forest fire which has caused 200 people to be evacuated.
Another incident happened in Dénia in the community of Valencia, when tourists lit Chinese sky lanterns causing a blaze and evacuations in the area.
Tourists and residents should always take care during these hot, dry months, as even a cigarette butt, carelessly tossed from a car window, or a glass bottle discarded on the side of the road can ignite a serious fire.
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