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Alt Empordà fires "reasonably stable" after conditions for tackling the blaze improve

Catalan interior minister Felip Puig said that weather conditions have improved for dealing with the fires in the Alt Empordà region, saying this morning that he was “reasonably optimistic” that the it would be under control this Tuesday. The fires are currently in a reasonably stable state. The blaze was started on Sunday by a discarded cigarette butt, affecting an area of 13.000 hectares. Weather conditions were favourable for tackling the blaze and remained so for much of Tuesday.

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24 July 2012 10:03 PM

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Barcelona (ACN).- Catalan interior minister Felip Puig was \u201Creasonably optimistic\u201D this morning that the fire in the Alt Empordà region would be under control this Tuesday after weather conditions improved for tackling the blaze. The fires were started on Sunday by a discarded cigarette butt, affecting an area of 13.000 hectares. The fires are now in a reasonably stable state. Weather conditions were favourable for dealing with the fire and remained so for much of Tuesday. This Tuesday evening Puig announced that the perimeter of the fire is "reasonably stable and controlled.\u201D


While the Empordà fires are entering a phase of control, a court has opened proceedings to investigate the deaths of a father and one of his daughters who were killed while trying to escape the flames in Portbou and a man from Jonquera who died trying to extinguish the flames. The investigation didn\u2019t include the death of a 75 year old man who suffered a heart attack during the fires, considering it a death by natural causes.

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  • A forest dramatically affected by the blazes (by ACN)

  • A forest dramatically affected by the blazes (by ACN)