Ibiza.—Last year was one of the worst in over two decades for forest fires in the Balearics with Ibiza being the worst hit by two massive fires which destroyed vast areas of virgin woodland and forced the evacuation of thousands of holiday makers and home owners.

This year, the Balearic government is going to be stepping up its campaign against forest fires and yesterday, the President of the Balearics, Jose Ramon Bauza, was in Ibiza to see what steps are already being taken to prevent a repeat of last year's raging bush fires which caused millions of euros worth of damage.

The forest fire fighters are already creating fire screens to prevent flames leaping across roads and river beds while also clearing away as much potential dry kindle from the floor as possible after another unusually dry winter.

This year, fire fighters have already had to tackle a number of minor forest fires across the Balearics.
Bauza was accompanied by the Environment Minister, Biel Company, on the site visit yesterday and he pledged that more resources will be made available this year, both on the ground and in the air. Ibiza will be hosting a European summit on fighting forest fires on April 24.

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