FIRE RISK: Landfills pose ‘high risk’ to forest blazes

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LANDFILL: The sites pose a ‘high risk’ of forest fires. Credit: Shutterstock

THE Environmental Prosecutor’s Office has warned more than a hundred landfills pose a serious fire risk in Spain.

Officials are urging politicians to act after it emerged the high number of landfill sites pose a risk of forest fires this summer.

So far this year, forest blazes have destroyed 32,155 hectares of land, while a total of 4,483 fires have been registered, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. The fiscal coordinator of Environment and Urbanism, Antonio Vercher, has sent all provincial prosecutors a list of landfills, power lines and recreational areas with high risk of catching fire.

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He also called on officials to warn all ‘local authorities, owners, and companies carrying out the activity’ landfills pose a risk so they ‘adopt the appropriate measures.’  The study into landfills, carried out each year by the Security Forces and Corps each year, showed 118 landfills in 2018.

 


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