Spain prepares for faster and more aggressive wild fires

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SPAIN is preparing for fires that are more aggressive and up to twelve times faster, with one of its northern regions set to be the first to deploy new detection methods.

According to the general director of Civil Protection and Emergencies Alberto Herrera, announced that Galicia will be the first community to incorporate a new technical tool to detect “hot spots” before the fire even occurs.

It comes as the Council of Ministers approved taking on an extra seventy-three aircraft, including four drones, to prevent and fight forest fires in 2019.

Estanislao de Luis Calabuig, Professor of Ecology at the University of León said: “the effects of climate change, with higher temperatures and lower rainfall in our environment, makes the fires more virulent.”

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, 30 per cent more land has been burnt during the first five months of this year than the average at that time during the last decade.

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