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The CFC warns that the abandonment of forest management is the great challenge to prevent catastrophic fires

In recent weeks, there have been a series of important forest fires in Catalonia, particularly serious ones in the Conca de Barberà and Anoia, the Cap de Creus Natural Park, the Montgrí massif, Martorell and Castellví de Rosanes.

From Forestry Consortium of Catalonia, which brings together owners, forestry groups and foresters, congratulates all the emergency bodies that have worked to extinguish these fires (Firemen, ADF, Rural Agents, Civil Protection, Mossos d'Esquadra and Local Police) who have worked intensively to avoid more serious consequences.

In Catalonia the 80% of the forest surface is unmanaged
These fires are occurring in a particularly dry and hot summer in Catalonia, and most of them have occurred in populated areas, which has highlighted the importance of forest fire prevention. Consorci Forestal de Catalunya warns that the abandonment of forest management is the great challenge to prevent catastrophic fires. From the entity remember that to prevent these episodes from becoming large forest fires it is fundamental to support the forest management of private owners and farmers, since the forests accumulate surplus wood in a territory where management has been abandoned in the 80% of the surface. An accumulation of fuel that makes firefighting by emergency teams dangerous, and sometimes impossible.

The organization requests that the burned wood be removed in the fall to facilitate the regeneration of the forests
In the midst of the summer campaign, and with a very high risk of fires in most of the country, the Minister for Climate Action, Food and Rural Environment, Teresa Jordà, has announced the launch of a multi-year prevention plan of fires in Catalonia, endowed with 60 million euros. Good news for the sector in terms of fire prevention, and the Consorci Forestal de Catalunya asks that the government support the forest owners to be able to start as soon as possible the removal of burnt wood, as well as the treatment of wooded areas affected by fires. The organization considers that the burnt wood must be removed this autumn, to facilitate the regeneration of the spaces destroyed by the fire, since if the work is not carried out immediately the recovery of the vegetation will be much slower. of the Forestry Consortium have contacted the ministry to find out more about the new fire prevention aid plan that will be developed over the next four years, an initiative very well received by the sector but which requires joint work.