The Alt Empordà fires and vineyards

by  |  25-07-2012

It’s been a rather terrifying couple of days in Northeastern Catalonia. On Sunday afternoon fires broke out at the top of Alt Empordà which moved at great speed due to strong Tramuntana winds. Alt Empordà is a county of Catalonia that borders France, holds the much lauded Costa Brava beaches by the Mediterranean, and of course has a great deal of great wine. All signs point to these two fires in Portbou and la Jonquera being started by carelessly tossed cigarette butts. The one in la Jonquera was the most devastating as it burned an area of 14,000 hectares (35,000 acres.) Most infuriating about that one is that, while there is no hard proof yet, it was most likely started by a long haul trucker who was waiting there. You see, France wisely doesn’t let transport trucks circulate on Sundays while Spain does. So, the truckers sit there at la […]
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