The Region of Murcia remains on a state of high fire alert, as the fire in Girona, in northern Spain, is finally brought under control. More than 1000 Military emergencies personnel remain in the area damping down, this work expected to continue for at least 2 more days. Over 9000 hectares has been destroyed and four people killed by the fire.
Meanwhile, estimates have come in for the costs of the recent fire on the 1st July in Salmerón, Moratalla.
1370.10 hectares were affected, and a huge area of this – 1272.70 hectares - were protected forest which had been declared a site of Regional Interest (Lugar de Interés Comunitario -LIC), with several species on the endangered list. The estimated cost to restore the forest to its original state has risen to 9.1 million Euros (7,000€/hectare) as estimated by the Environmental Planning and Defense Service for Protected Areas - Servicio de Planificación, Áreas Protegidas y Defensa del Medio Natural. Even though the area of non-protected forest was relatively small, 48.05 hectares, it is estimated the financial cost will be upwards of 212,000€ (4.416,72€/hectare) to repair the damage.
The Region of Murcia has declared the forest fire “Catastrophic”, and hopes to obtain funds via the European Union.
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