Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
The two fires in the Empordà region (in La Jonquera and Portbou, both close to the French border) are still burning, with thousands of hectares of land affected, although the latter fire has been brought under control—read story here; The smell of burning from the fires has reached Barcelona, with some people ringing local fire services concerned about the odour—read story here; A man and his son have died as a result of jumping into their sea to try and escape the fire at Portbou—read story here.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Firemen working on the fire that started in La Jonquera are trying to stop it spreading to other parts of Catalunya—read story here; Catalan president Artur Mas says that that fire was down to clear negligence—read story here; More than 1,000 people spent last night in refuge centres after having been told to leave their homes that were close to the fire—read story here.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The community of Múrcia looks likely to join Valencia in requesting state help with its finances, as the Múrcian president says that they will probably need between €200 and €300 million—read story here; The Generalitat is set to carefully study their own financial situation to decide whether it is necessary for Catalunya to also look to the Spanish central government for assistance—read story here.