Manure Pile Spontaneously Combusts Sparks Wildfire in Spain

first_img Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ Stay on target Spontaneous combustion of a manure pile on a farm amid a record-breaking heat wave likely sparked a wildfire now burning out of control in northeastern Spain, authorities say.Firefighters are battling the fire, which is affecting more than 10,000 acres of forest and other vegetation near Tarragona, CNN reported.Authorities from the Catalan regional government said the fire likely began when an “improperly managed” pile of manure on a farm in Torre de l’Espanyol, a municipality in the Catalan province of Tarragona, self-ignited in the heat, causing sparks.Firefighters work to control the blaze that has already burned almost 20,000 acres of land, amid a European heatwave. (Photo Credit: Pau Barrena / AFP / Getty Images)According to Spanish newspaper El País, the flames then quickly spread through the municipality and the surrounding areas of Vinebre, la Palma d’Ebre, Flix and Maials, and are currently heading in the direction of Lleida.Authorities have warned that the fire has the potential to consume up to 50,000 acres of land.As firefighters face the challenge of reducing the intensity of the flames, the weather forecast doesn’t seem to be helping.“Today is going to be the worst day of the heatwave, and we ask all citizens of Catalonia to be extremely careful,” Antonio Ramos, who is in charge of the firefighting operation, said Friday. “We cannot afford a new fire, and the rising temperatures could make the current one worse.”Hundreds of firefighters in Spain’s Catalonia are battling the biggest wildfire in the last two decades, as Europe suffers scorching temperatures https://t.co/UKqNMM2uXy pic.twitter.com/tHpvwTbPDb— TRT World (@trtworld) June 27, 2019Spontaneous ignitions, the occurrence of fire without the application of an external heat source, can occur when flammable materials, such as piles of hay, compost, or manure heat up to a temperature high enough to cause combustion, according to the US National Park Service (NPS).Between 2005 and 2009, fires caused by spontaneous combustion or chemical reaction accounted for an estimated average of 14,070 reported fires per year in the U.S., National Fire Protection Association said.More on Geek.com:Watch: Massive Haboob Engulfs Texas TownWatch: Winds Whip Up ‘Poolnado’ at Florida ResortFirefighters Find Eerie Tree Burning From Inside After Lightning Strike in Mass.last_img read more