The fire burns more than 37,535 hectares of forest area since the beginning of 2021


A firefighter works to extinguish one of the sources of the San Juan reservoir fire, on August 1, 2021, in San Martín de Valdeiglesias, Madrid.

A firefighter works to extinguish one of the sources of the San Juan reservoir fire, on August 1, 2021, in San Martín de Valdeiglesias, Madrid.
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The fire has burned a total of 37,535.90 hectares of forest area since the beginning of 2021 until July 25, compared to 21,132.94 in the same period of 2020 marked by the pandemic and 58,209.46 in 2019, according to data from the Ministry for Ecological Transition, collected by Europa Press.

Regarding the number of claims, the statistical advance of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge indicates that in the aforementioned period a total of 5,613 fires have been recorded. Of these, 3,654 were attempts, in which the affected area did not reach 1 hectare and 1,959 were fires that did exceed that area and of which eleven went beyond 500 burned hectares, which makes them swell the category of Large Forest Fires (GIF).

Total, throughout the year the fires reached 0.135 percent of the national surface. By type of vegetation, most of the burned area reached 23,104.67 hectares of scrub and open forest; 10,693.33 hectares of wooded area and 3,737.9 hectares of pastures and meadows were burned.

Due to its distribution, the northwest received 46.16 percent of the claims and in them 35.95 percent of the wooded area and 53.61 percent of the forest area were burned.

While, 34.81 percent of the fires took place in inland communities and 27.84 percent of the wooded area was burned in them and 26.06 percent of the forest area.

On the other hand, in the Mediterranean, with 18.6 percent of the claims, 11.84 percent of the wooded area and 12.04 percent of the forest area burned.

Finally, the case of the Canary Islands, where only 0.43 percent of claims are accounted for, registers 24.36 percent of the national total of burned wooded area and 8.28 percent of forest area.

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