Spain manages to “control” the forest fire – today 24

On Sunday, firefighting teams managed to “control” a forest fire that devastated large areas of eastern Spain, allowing evacuation orders that were still in force to be withdrawn.

The fire, which broke out on Monday near Baiges in the Valencia region of eastern Spain, destroyed more than 20,000 hectares of land and required the evacuation of some 2,200 people.

And on Sunday, the Minister of the Interior in the local administration of the Valencian Community, Gabriela Bravo, announced in a statement to journalists that the reconnaissance flights showed that “there are no active fronts” for the fire, which can be considered “under control”. “. .”

Fire services said lower wind speeds, low overnight temperatures and high humidity levels helped contain the fire.

But Bravo warned that high temperatures were expected on Monday, with strong winds, which could reignite the fire.

And the president of the Valencian Community, Zemo Puig, announced this Sunday that “all people, regardless of their municipality or region, can return to their homes.”

On Saturday, local authorities announced the lifting of the orders issued to evacuate the villages of Baijis and Toras, after fire dangers abated.

According to Puig, 20 planes participated in the fight against the fire on Sunday, compared to 42 on Saturday.

He added that another forest fire, which broke out last Saturday, about 200 km to the south in Val d’Ebo, is already under control.

The fire destroyed around 12,000 hectares of forest, woodland and agricultural land.

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, accompanied by Puig, will inspect the damage caused by the fire on Monday, according to a statement from the Presidency of the Government.

Since the beginning of the year, Spain has seen nearly 400 forest fires amid successive heat waves and long periods of drought. The fires destroyed more than 283,000 hectares, three times more than in 2021.

And it also recorded damage in the territory of neighboring Portugal.