If you have lived in Mallorca for more than a year or two, you must be used to seeing huge black or white smoke in the blue skies. Unfortunately, every summer, Mallorca faces an incredible number of wildfires.
The Sierra de Tramuntana has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO under the Cultural Landscape category but it seems like tourists and locals don’t really care or take the risks of fire seriously.
Whether it’s in Alcúdia, Calvià, Peguera, Bunyola, Llucmajor, Palma or Manacor and Sant Llorenç, there is no part of the island that is protected against the heat, the wind and the tourists throwing away their un stubbed out cigarettes or barbecues (and let’s not forget the crazy pyromaniacs).
A few days ago, there was another fire recorded in Son Moix, that could be seen from Palma. It was controlled in less than 2 hours but it’s not always the case. In 2013, 1800 hectares were burnt in the forest, 70 residents had to be evacuated and more than 300 firefighters were working day and night to stop it. In the end, a man was arrested as it seems he was responsible of not taking enough care of the barbecue’s coals.
Thankfully, Mallorca is prepared and has amazing firefighters and water-carrying aircrafts ready to take water from the sea or from the Gorg Blau and Cúber reservoirs to extinguish any fire rapidly.
Still, every year, more than 1000 hectares of land goes into smoke and it seems to be getting worse.
Mallorca is a beautiful island and deserves to be protected. Let’s hope this year will be different and people will finally be more careful.
What do you think about Mallorca’s wildfires? Do you think the council should inform the tourists about the risks? Or punish the pyromaniacs more severely?