Two Catalonia Wildfires Still Active as Heatwave Peaks

Local authorities in Catalonia, eastern Spain, said that two wildfires in the western part of the region were still active on Friday evening, which could still affect thousands of hectares.  

Rural officers said the two wildfires, which already affected about 2,500 hectares this week, were in the Artesa de Segre and Lladurs. 

According to the officers, they are particularly concerned by the Lladurs fire in Solsonès county because it has an exceedingly long right flank and unstable perimeter, which until Friday evening, “burned 43.83 hectares, and could still affect 50,000 hectares” more. 

“We are at the worst moment. We are watching out for fires that could start up again in order to extinguish them as soon as possible as conditions are extremely critical and when fires reignite, they can be very intense,” Solsonès fires brigade head Eduard Martínez said. 

On Friday, authorities expected the most “complicated” day of the week since the ongoing heatwave peaked with hot temperatures recorded of almost 44 degrees Celsius. 

Based on the daily map authorities released on Friday, most of the Catalan counties were at risk level two out of three, and a large area in the west was at the ‘extreme risk’ level. 

According to reports, around 400 firefighters were working on the ground using 120 vehicles, with one hundred emergency military units and 21 aerial vehicles deployed across Catalonia. 

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