Palma.—The region's forest fire fighters are getting little rest this summer with three fresh fires breaking out yesterday for the second consecutive day.

While fire fighters and units from the Forestry Commission extinguished the fire which broke out on Friday in Sant Salvador yesterday morning, the emergency services were having to redeploy to new areas of Majorca and Ibiza to fight fresh wild fires.

A total of seven aircraft and helicopters were involved in fighting the Sant Salvador blaze and they were in action again yesterday after water bombing fires in Paguera and Andratx here in Majorca and Sant Josep in Ibiza.

Extra air power had to be flown in from Minorca to help battle the blazes as the hottest August for 30 years continued to take its toll on the countryside.

In Capdella, three water bombers and two helicopters fought the flames from the air while two brigades of fire fighters tackled the fire on the ground.
One aircraft was invalid in the battle in Andratx while air support was also being given to fire fighters on the ground in Ibiza which was hit by two massive forest fires last year, which was the worst for the past 20 years for forest fires but may be upstaged by this year as the fires continue to rage.

The good news is that temperatures will dip by as much as 2ºC today, but the heat wave will return on Monday. See page 5

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