Jumping from the frying pan into the fire

A criminological study of forest fire-setting in Spain

Authored by: Rafa Salvador

The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138799745
eBook ISBN: 9781315755885
Adobe ISBN: 9781317628514

10.4324/9781315755885.ch33

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Abstract

Forest burning is the main threat to many vegetated areas throughout Europe. Its threefold impact on landscape, social welfare and environment is almost impossible to quantify. Every year, an average of 65,000 fires are ignited in Europe, setting ablaze and destroying about 500,000 hectares (1 hectare equals 2.47 acres) of vegetation (European Forest Fire Information System 2011: 2), the equivalent of almost two times the size of the country of Luxembourg (Eurostat 2014).

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