The high temperatures this summer (the hottest in 64 years) and the lack of rain have heightened the risk of forest fires in the Valencian community. Everywhere there are signs warning of the risk of fire, most of which are caused naturally.
In total, 1072.9 hectares of forest have been destroyed this year which compares badly with the 821.95 hectares last year.
The fire that raged between Javea and Denia on Thursday and Friday last week raised 444 hectares of woodland to the ground - accounting for 40% of the total this year. It is estimated that it will take 30 years for the area to fully recover.