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Firefighters 'control' Artesa de Segre wildfire in western Catalonia

Blaze spreads over 2,700 hectares in a week

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22 June 2022 07:55 PM

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ACN | Artesa de Segre

Firefighters announced that they had "controlled" the Baldomar fire in Artesa de Segre, in western Catalonia, on Wednesday evening.

The fire broke out a week earlier and has burned 2,700 hectares

Catalan president Pere Aragonès visited the region on Wednesday morning and promised aid for the farmers whose crops have been damaged. 

According to Aragonès, efforts to assess the extent of damages to buildings have also begun.

The Artesa de Segre wildfire was one of over 300 fires recorded in Catalonia last week amid unseasonably high temperatures and low humidity.

Although temperatures have dropped over the past few days, Sant Joan summer solstice revelers will not be allowed to set off fireworks under 500 meters away from vegetation on Thursday night. But, as Catalan interior minister Joan Ignasi Elena stated on Wednesday, "all bonfires, ‘correfocs’, and fire shows" that are over that distance away will still require authorization.

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  • An area affected by the Baldomar fire in Artesa de Segre (Courtesy of Ariadna Borrell Miret)

  • An area affected by the Baldomar fire in Artesa de Segre (Courtesy of Ariadna Borrell Miret)

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