Troops to be used to safeguard Galician forests against fires

The Galician Xunta and the Ministry of Defense have signed an agreement putting a battalion of troops to work patrolling high risk fire areas across Galicia. The Army will have 23 patrols constantly on the move throughout the region, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, whose mission is not only to warn of early fires but who have also been given the task of interacting with members of the public to warn Continue reading Troops to be used to safeguard Galician forests against fires

Palomares shooting leaves three dead: Update on “Black Tuesday”

In what La Voz is calling “Black Tuesday”: – The son of a local farmer in Palomares shot dead three members of the same gypsy family last night in a street just off the main square, using his fathers shotgun. It appears that the teenager had been having some problems with the family, which had culminated in him denouncing them to the Police. He then took matters into his own hands. Armed police are now Continue reading Palomares shooting leaves three dead: Update on “Black Tuesday”

Arsonist behind last weeks fires

(Note: These are the fires in Sorbas in June, nothing to do with the Cabrera fires which took place after I wrote this post. The Cabrera fires are believed to be caused by lightening). It is now generally accepted that some nutter with a lighter has been running around Sorbas setting fire to the place. In three days last week, five times more Hm3 of scrub (1.700) were burnt than in all of 2008, and Continue reading Arsonist behind last weeks fires

4 arrested in Cantoria for making their own fireworks

Four men, residents of Cantoria, have been arrested for making and selling their own fireworks. It seems that a local marble workshop burnt down just before new years; upon investigation, the Guardia found evidence that an explosive device had been used to start the fire. What actually seems to have happened is that some of the homemade fireworks self ignited and started a fire that destroyed the workshop (no injuries). The Guardia eventually found a Continue reading 4 arrested in Cantoria for making their own fireworks