The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) yesterday sent an update of the fire situation in Spain for the period 2-8 July to the EU’s Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC). During this period, Spain experienced four large fires. Two of these were the largest fire episodes in the past decade and had a big effect on the local populations, with large smoke plumes affecting Valencia. The fires also caused two accidents in the forest firefighting crews, and as of the 9th July one pilot was still missing.
The EFFIS update also gave a fire danger forecast for Spain for the coming week of the 9-15 July. EFFIS shows extreme fire danger values for the centre of Spain, very high and high values for the South and Mediterranean regions respectively, while values for the north and northwest of the country are moderate to low.