The fire gives a truce in Zamora but causes a "critical" situation in Navarra

Firefighters fight the fire in Ujué (Navarra). / ef

After burning more than 25,000 hectares, the fall in temperatures and the rain allow the flames to stabilize in the Sierra de la Culebra


After burning more than 25,000 hectares in the Sierra de la Culebra in Zamora, the fire yesterday granted a truce in this area. But, on the contrary, the flames intensified yesterday in Navarra causing a "highly critical" situation in the regional community, in which nine towns had to be evicted due to the proximity of the fire. The inhabitants of Amatriain, Maquirriáin, Sansoáin, Olleta, Lerga, Ujué, San Martín de Unx, Guirguillano and Echarren de Guirguillano were evacuated, with no personal injury reported. In Catalonia, firefighters had to face more than 50 incidents at the same time on the fifth day of fighting the flames, especially virulent in Lleida.

The one in Zamora is one of the most serious forest fires in the last ten years in all of Spain and the worst in the history of Castilla y León. The drop in temperatures, the cessation of the strong wind and the arrival of some showers made it possible to contain the flames in this area of ​​Zamora, declared a biosphere reserve.

This Sunday the residents of most of the 18 evicted towns in the region were able to return to their homes and traffic was restored both on national highways 631 and 525 and on the AVE line between Madrid and Galicia. Even so, level 2 of the emergency plan is maintained, which prohibits risky activities.

Flameless fronts

The president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, confirmed this Sunday that the fronts of the fire in the Sierra de la Culebra were "without flame" and that the work focused "on securing, cooling and stabilizing the entire perimeter”, in order to avoid the serious risk of reactivation in the event of the possible return of strong winds and adverse conditions. Up to twenty aerial means worked to stabilize the area with more than 25,000 hectares scorched, 15,000 of them wooded and with a front of 70 kilometers.

In Navarra, nine towns were evacuated this Sunday while troops from the Emergency Military Unit with the support of brigades from the Basque Country and La Rioja battled against the fire. The Provincial Government considered the situation "highly critical" according to its vice president Javier Remírez.

Navarra also opted to keep level 2 of the emergency plan and the Civil Protection Territorial Plan activated, which means prohibiting, until next Wednesday, agricultural work with machinery that can generate sparks or electric shocks. The population was asked to restrict their movements through the territory to ensure that the roads are clear for the circulation of emergency devices.

In Catalonia, one of the most serious incidents was recorded in Artesa de Segre (Lérida) and had burned more than 2,600 hectares this Sunday, according to the Government delegate, Bernat Solé, together with the head of the extinction operations Miquel López. All available means of firefighters focused on that fire, with the exception of some displaced to Peramola, also in Lérida, where the flames affected an area of ​​about one hundred hectares.

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