Los forest fires they devastate thousands of kilometers summer after summer, it is one of the times of greatest incidence and there are penalties and fines linked if these have been provoked. A forest fire can occur, voluntarily and deliberatelyfor the arsonistswho have a special interest in an area burning or those who do not respect the regulations for the prevention of fires in especially vulnerable areas. we tell you the penalties and fines linked to causing a fire.
The fines and penalties established for causing a fire
If a person starts a fire, whether they want to or not, they may be forced to pay a fine or serve a prison sentence. Everything will depend on the intention, damage and whether there have been people or victims in the fire. The Penal Code contemplates various ranges of penalties and fines depending on the events.
The most serious penalty is for fires that have caused a danger to the lives of people, being the penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison and fines 12 to 24 months at a cost of 10 to 400 euros per day. This is followed by other sanctions, which decrease according to the severity of the fire that occurred.
For fires where there has been no direct danger to human life Penalties of 1 to 5 years in prison and fines that can reach 12 or 18 months are established. There are also other scenarios that can add up to years of sentence, such as taking advantage of weather conditions or start a fire near a populated areasince these are more likely to cause damage to people or towns or to spread more easily.
Forest fires continue in Spain
The wave of forest fires has not given Spain a break and in recent weeks, they have been razed tens of thousands of hectares in various areas. It is for this reason that the authorities urge the need not to commit negligence in danger zones, for example, turning on a harvester at times when it is not possible or leaving residues in the forest with the potential danger of causing a fire. Also, you must respect the regulations established by each community and municipality on the use of fire and barbecues in rural areas, as these behaviors can cause small and large-scale fires.
areas like Castilla y León, Galicia or the Valencian Community have been particularly affected by forest fires this summer. Many of them have been extinguished or controlled, but some of them could be considered serious negligence. Last Tuesday, the Civil Guard arrested the alleged perpetrator of the Sabinares de Arlanza forest fire, in Burgos. This fire was started on Sunday by a combine while agricultural activities were carried out within the prohibited time slot established by the Junta de Castilla y León as prevention of these fires.
This is one of several incidents and arrests that have occurred in Spain due to forest fires in recent weeks. The leaders and officials have insisted on the need for anticipation and compliance with the rules to protect vulnerable areas and not expose themselves to penalties and fines for causing fires.