Malaga starts summer firefighting and prevention campaign

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13 land vehicles, 27 helicopters and 11 planes are ready to prevent disaster.


AS OF June 1, Malaga Province is on alert for forest fires as the high-risk season has kicked in and the authorities believe it will be a tough summer.
A dry winter, less rain than usual and high temperatures forecast for the summer by the Aemet state weather office mean there is a high probability of fires breaking out.
From now until October 15, barbecues and fires of any type have been strictly banned in the countryside, and the authorities are asking for citizen collaboration as 96 per cent of forest fires are believed to be started by human activities or carelessness.
Anyone who sees anything out of the ordinary and fears a fire risk is urged to call 112.
More than 2,200 kilometres of firebreaks have been cleared by hand, machine and grazing – thanks to agreements with 45 shepherds working with 30,000 animals – and the Infoca Plan for forest firefighting and prevention have 13 land vehicles, 27 helicopters and 11 planes ready to do their utmost to prevent disaster.
Meanwhile government delegate for Andalucia Jose Luis Ruiz Espejo has urged residential complexes near areas at risk that have not yet done so to have self-protection plans drawn up, stressing that they could save lives.


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