Over 4,000 hectares of land have been destroyed in seven
wildfires that are still burning in the autonomous community of
Galicia in northwestern Spain, according to local firefighting
services on Sunday, Trend reports citing Xinhua .
At least 2,000 hectares have so far been ravaged by the largest
fire close to the city of A Coruna. There have not been any
casualties, but the flames have forced the evacuation of 700 people
from a campsite in the A Pobra do Caraminal.
The fire in the province of Ourense has burned 600 hectares
after starting simultaneously in 10 different places, but has been
brought under control.
Most of the fires were thought to be started intentionally,
according to local media reports.
The leader of the main opposition party (PP) Alberto Nunez
Feijoo, who is also the former president of the Regional Government
of Galicia, called for the 'full weight of the law' to be brought
on those responsible for the fires.
According to data collected by the Copernicus satellite on
Saturday, around 230,000 hectares of land have been burned in
wildfires in the driest summer on record in Spain this year.
The central government on Monday approved a new law to help
prevent future fires, which includes measures such as increasing
all-year-round vigilance and removing undergrowth to prevent flames
to spread rapidly.
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