The Valencia government reported on Wednesday that ‘the arrival of a mass of hot air’ from Africa – bringing a big rise in temperatures – has led them to put the emergency services on the highest level of alert.
They noted that ‘along with the extreme weather, we have to take into account the shortage of rainfall in recent months’ as well as the ‘very large number of visitors’ who have come to the Valencia region ‘to celebrate fiestas and take part in events’.
A level three plan to face up to the extreme risk of forest fires has been activated.
This has led to a ‘series of prohibitions and restrictions’ on activities in forested areas and the countryside.
Regional councillors Elisa Nuñez and Salomé Pradas explained that until the end of August 15 the general public will not be able to ‘drive, ride or walk’ on tracks and paths in many of the region’s natural parks due to the fire risk.
Full report in Friday’s Costa Blanca News