Zaragoza (Spain), 14 Aug. A very virulent forest fire has burned some 8,000 hectares, according to provisional calculations, and has forced the evacuation of some 1,300 people from eight towns in the Spanish province of Zaragoza (northeast) near the mountainous area of Moncayo.
The fire, which started on Saturday, has three active sources and the situation is “critical” due to the adverse weather conditions of the last few hours, the general director of Natural Environment and Forest Management of the Aragon region, Diego Bayona, reported this Sunday. .
The weather forecast, with gusts of wind of 50 or 60 kilometers per hour, suggests that the next few hours will also be “complicated” for the work of civil and military extinction teams.
The limited perimeter of the incident exceeds 50 kilometers, where pine forests, holm oaks and agricultural farms have burned, and four roads remain closed.
The media have focused on the town of Añón, where, due to its proximity to the Moncayo Natural Park, an enclave of great natural value began.
In the Mediterranean region of Valencia (east), another fire declared last night in Vall d’Ebo (province of Alicante) has charred some 2,200 hectares so far.
“The extinction is proving to be very complicated because all the determining factors come together: wind, high temperatures, low humidity and a very complicated orography,” explained the Regional Minister of Justice, Gabriela Bravo, today.
In the northwest of Spain, specifically in Galicia, six forest fires keep 3,380 hectares on fire, the largest of them in the province of Orense (2,100 hectares).
Another fire that started yesterday in Jumilla (Murcia region, southeast) was considered controlled today after destroying 400 hectares.
Meanwhile, the first major fire that affected the Sierra de la Culebra de Zamora (west), is still not considered extinguished when this Monday it will be two months since it began due to lightning from a storm. The fire destroyed 25,000 forest hectares, 15,000 of them wooded.
This year is being catastrophic, especially in the Spanish mountains, where the torrid heat and prolonged drought have favored an infinity of fires.
Between January and July, 222,000 hectares burned, according to data from the European organization EFFIS, based on satellite images, although the Spanish government provisionally estimated an area of less than 130,000.