By Euro Weekly News Media • 10 March 2014 • 15:27
TEULADA FIELDS: Keep clear and prevent fire, town hall says
TEULADA called on residents and visitors to do everything within their power to avoid fires.
Wildfire is not only a summer hazard, the town hall reminded them. High temperatures, lack of rain and the dangerous Poniente (west) wind increase fire risk even in winter.
The town has suffered six fires in two months and all were the result of negligence. Some were caused while burning garden waste, others by throwing away hot or smouldering ashes from fireplaces and barbecues.
Even discarded broken bottles and glass can start a wildfire. So can a cigarette end or match thrown from a car window or while out walking, a town hall notice reminded residents.
Overgrown, untended land is another hazard, the town hall said, and proceedings were begun last year against 84 owners who failed to maintain land adequately.
Teulada Council has led by example and spent €6,000 on cleaning, clearing and maintaining 29,400 square metres of municipally-owned land.
Clearing stream beds of vegetation and reeds while clearing the Senillar marsh and the Font de l’Horta has cost a further €30,000.
Anyone detecting signs of fire should immediately ring the emergency services on 112. The sooner the alarm is raised, the less damage a fire can cause, the town hall declared.
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