Forest Fires in Spain ...

@sueznewz2 (10155)
Alicante, Spain
September 6, 2016 4:41am CST
More than 300 firefighters have been tackling fires, raging across forest and shrub land areas, over the weekend, in Javea, which is just down the coast from us in Spain. Up to 65 fire fighting vehicles, are being used, in the efforts to bring the blaze under control. Aircraft are also being used to dump water on the area. We used to watch the fire fighting planes, pick up the water in great big buckets, when we lived near a local dam / reservoir, but they must be using another reservoir as ‘our reservoir ‘ is nearly empty, because of the lack of rain for the last 3 years..., and, although they do not always hit the news, there have been 13 other wildfires in spain this year alone..., causing the loss and damage to over 1,200 acres of land. Homes have been destroyed, as well as tinder dry forest and shrub land, more than 1,000 people have been evacuated from the area. Safe areas have been set up, for shelter and food and drink, as well as people taking refuge with family, friends, and locals in un - affected areas. The situation was not helped by local winds on the day, that helped fan the fire, and spread the flames. Follow the link for some pictures from the BBC of the affected areas... Sadly it is thought that the fires were set deliberately, by some youths... When interviewed by the BBC, a local resident said, The mood is one of the "British, stiff upper lip" and that of the "laid-back Spanish attitude" Up to now... there have not been any reports of any loss of human life... but, sadly ... I doubt the same can be said for the wildlife, , the people that did this can have no respect for human, animals or wildlife, and I hope they find the people that did it.
Spanish firefighters are battling a huge forest blaze on the Costa Blanca that is forcing the evacuation of at least 1,000 residents and tourists
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@shivamani10 (11168)
• Hyderabad, India
6 Sep 16
There may not be a human loss but it is a loss of flora and fauna. There will be a loss of wildlife and invaluable trees and herbs.
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
6 Sep 16
I know, which is very sad... especially as there is already so little here...
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@JudyEv (142261)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Sep 16
That's another I've learnt here - that Australia isn't the only country to have devastating forest fires. I knew California did but didn't really know about Spain having such bad ones.
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Sep 16
Yes we do ... Judy @JudyEv it's because of the dryness of the land
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@JudyEv (142261)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Sep 16
@sueznewz2 Arsonists are often responsible for ours too.
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
8 Sep 16
@JudyEv we don't know if it was malicious or just stupidity...but why do it anyway ....
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@celticeagle (121065)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Sep 16
Deliberately set fires are terrible. The ones who started them should get the worst penalty.
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Sep 16
I hope they catch them ... @celticeagle many peoples lives have been badly effected because of it...
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@celticeagle (121065)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Sep 16
@sueznewz2 .....Me too.
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@LadyDuck (189230)
• Switzerland
6 Sep 16
I have read the news, those people are irresponsible, such a beautiful area. We also have a strong wind here today.
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Sep 16
I hope they catch them too Anna @LadyDuck
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@Juliaacv (35336)
• Canada
6 Sep 16
How very sad. Such loss that cannot even be put into words, and to think that it could have been set intentionally, that is awful.
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Sep 16
Yes it's very sad, @Juliaacv that some young people feel like they have to do such things... dreadful. ..
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@jaboUK (55157)
• United Kingdom
6 Sep 16
It's bad enough when these things happen naturally, but for it to be the result of arson is terrible. I hope they catch those responsible.
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Sep 16
I do too @jaboUK its terrible to do such a thing....
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@PurnaSharma (2175)
• India
6 Sep 16
Hope all attempts help to blow out the fire
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Sep 16
thanks @PurnaSharma it is out now
@skysnap (18247)
6 Sep 16
thats sad hope it does not affect the animals much
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Sep 16
I hope so too @skysnap
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@Corbin5 (123236)
• United States
6 Sep 16
So good to hear that no lives have been lost and praying that none are lost. So sad that the fire was started deliberately.
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Sep 16
thanks for the prayers... @Corbin5 the fire is out now.. and as far as I know ..no loss of human life...which is great..but the impact of the fire on the ecology of the area is bad... and peoples lives too because they have lost their homes and land and livelihoods
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@Corbin5 (123236)
• United States
7 Sep 16
@sueznewz2 So heartbreaking to hear about this. Many prayers for those affected.
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
8 Sep 16
@Corbin5 thank you ...it's greatly appreciated....
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@pgntwo (22751)
• Alanya, Turkey
6 Sep 16
Believe it or not, with the annual rainfall in Ireland, there are still phenomenal horse fires at times... I hope the Spanish fires are brought under control soon though, lots of people being affected near some urban areas.
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
8 Sep 16
I'm sorry to hear you sometimes have fires in Ireland too....@pgntwo this one is out now..thank goodness...but it leaves behind a lot of damage to homes , and land and nature
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@pgntwo (22751)
• Alanya, Turkey
8 Sep 16
@sueznewz2 Some say that Nature benefits from a fire now and then... but when property and livelihoods are impacted... :(
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
8 Sep 16
@pgntwo yes I've heard the same ... l
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• United States
7 Sep 16
oh dear :( i hope they're able to get that contained 'n quickly. we'd a rash 'f fires here'n new mexico a few months back - one t'was started by the forest service by 'oops' 's they were usin' equipment to clear brush to prevent such. many lost their homes, countless critters lost their lives. our fires rarely make the news outside 'f locally. we've not a large 'nough population i reckon to grab headlines.
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Sep 16
The fire is out now... It is very sad... the loss of the trees and animals ... and many peoples homes and land and livlihoods have been lost... I was surprised too, that it had attracted international news ... hugs n wishes coming your way. ..
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• United States
7 Sep 16
@sueznewz2 thank goodness such doesn't continue to rage'n. most saddened to hear 'f so much destruction - the humans can 'n will rebuild, the critters'll not be so fortunate. thanks fer the hugs 'n wishes! sendin' my love 'n big hugs 's well!
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@mom210 (6865)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 Sep 16
Some kids are so destructive, I have no diea why they feel the need to destroy
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Sep 16
no nor me... @mom210 its sad... their actions has badly affected their community...
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@1hopefulman (35027)
• Canada
6 Sep 16
It seems that there are more wildfires these days. There have been some devastating ones in Canada.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire Horse River Fire[1] Fort McMurray residents evacuating along Highway 63 as the fire encroaches on the area Location Wood Buffalo, Alberta Northern Saskatchewan Ca
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
8 Sep 16
It's a shame wherever they are. ... so costly to man and nature and wildlife
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@jstory07 (72458)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Sep 16
Forest fires cause a lot of damage. I hope the fires are all put out soon.
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Sep 16
thanks Judy @jstory07 the fires are out now... but many peoples homes have been changed because of the loss of land and homes and livelihoods...
@just4him (132804)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Sep 16
I saw they think the fires were deliberately started. That's horrible. I hope they can get it under control soon so people can return to their homes.
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