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US News After ravaging more than 400 ha, the fire at the Franco-Spanish border is mastered

02:50  19 july  2021
02:50  19 july  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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It took near 48 hours to overcome flames. The fire that has devastated since Friday more than 400 ha of forest in a natural park on the Catalan coast, near the Franco-Spanish border, is now "mastered", announced Sunday night the firefighters of Catalonia.

The soldiers of the fire "believe that the forest fire of Cap de Creus is mastered," they indicated in a statement. Fifteen of them will continue to monitor the situation during the night, while the fire started Friday mobilized up to 200 firefighters in Saturday's day.

In total, more than 415 ha left smoke, mostly forest areas located in the Natural Park of Cap de Creus, which borders the Mediterranean. The fire touched the forest areas of several municipalities of this natural park of Cap de Creus, a very tourist Mediterranean enclave of the Iberian Peninsula. The rest of the year, this region, which also extends on the maritime area, is one of the least populated by the country.

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A cigarette megot thrown by a motorist

"The risk of fire remains very high (in Catalonia), especially in the vicinity of Girona and Barcelona", warn the firefighters. About 350 people had to be evacuated Saturday in riparian communes, as well as a hundred residents of a local campsite.

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The fire had declared itself Friday morning in the municipality From Llança, about twenty kilometers from the French border, probably because of a cigarette butt, according to the Catalan authorities. "The fire has visibly been caused by the negligence of a motorist who threw a cigarette megot, which is scandalous," said the media Catalan minister from the interior, Joan Ignasi Elena, after meeting Saturday the command of regional firefighters.

Due to its warm and dry climate, Spain, the second world tourist destination before the pandemic, is regularly struck in summer by major forest fires which, according to experts, threaten to become more frequent and more violent because of of global warming.

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