The fires in Artesa de Segre, Castellar de la Ribera (Lleida) and Corbera d’Ebre (Tarragona) continue to be active this Thursday and have burned more than a thousand hectares. The delegate of the Government in Lleida, Bernat Solé, explained this Wednesday night that they are working so that two sections of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) give support to the Generalitat Firefighters in the fire that has been burning since this Wednesday in Segre trough (Lleida). “Anything that can add to put out fires as soon as possible will be welcome,” he said about the Artesa fire, which has affected some 500 hectares. Solé has made an appeal so that people who have a tractor join this Thursday at 9:00 a.m. with the peasants who till the fields to stop the spread of the fire.
The Firefighters of the Generalitat have activated the M2 alert this Wednesday night, which forces all the members of the body to appear in the parks “as long as there are vehicles to work with”, due to the multiple fires. The three fires in Lleida and Tarragona have coincided with another five fires in the Lleida region. The Generalitat has asked to take extreme precautions in the face of the “maximum seriousness” situation caused by the coincidence of several fires in Catalonia in the midst of a heat wave.
In recent days, Lleida has reached 42 degrees and has thus become the Catalan region with the highest temperatures. Without air conditioning, institutes and schools suffer from high temperatures. “The first three hours you can do class, but by noon it’s impossible,” confesses Josep Rubió, head of studies at the Josep Lladonosa Institute. That is why the directors of the Lleida institutes have asked the Department of Education to finish classes at 1:00 p.m., two hours earlier than usual.
The first activity of the day at the Màrius Torres Institute in Lleida was a water fight. The secretary of the center explains that teachers are trying to adapt to the heat wave and change the dynamics of their classes to make them more bearable: “We try to spend the hours as best we can, although we can’t always organize a water fight.” Some classrooms at the institute have reached 38 degrees and, like most centers, do not have any air conditioning.
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