The fires in Spain leave two dead and more than 30,000 hectares devastated

The wave of fires that has ravaged Spain since last week gives no respite. The fire continues to devastate thousands and thousands of hectares throughout the entire Spanish geography, which has made this year the one that accumulates the most devastated hectares in the first semester since 2012 (69,859.38 hectares of surface). All this without taking into account the data from this latest heat wave. And it is that according to the data advanced by the Autonomous Communities, the fire would have already devastated more than 30,000 hectares in the last week and has caused thousands of evictions.

And although the heat wave, according to the State Meteorological Agency, officially ended this Monday, and is one of the causes of this wave of fires, the situation in Galicia, Extremadura and Castilla y León does not improve. Moreover, this Tuesday Renfe has had to extend the suspension of trains between Madrid and Galicia due to the ferocity of the flames in the province of Zamora and Ourense.

Castile and Leon

Two dead, fifteen injured, 25 municipalities evacuated and 6,000 people evicted is the balance, so far, of the two large forest fires that remain active in the province of Zamora.

The first of them, Losacio, has already burned around 15,000 hectares of land since it began last Sunday afternoon. It is in that fire where one of the images that are going around due to their harshness and that shows the desperation of the fire was recorded.

Against the backdrop of huge flames, a backhoe is seen advancing: it is trying to open a firebreak in the grain field. But, suddenly, the machine is engulfed in flames and its occupant, Ángel Martín Azcona, runs towards the camera, with his clothes on fire, in an overwhelming race for his life. It is Ángel, who has been baptized as the 'hero of Tábara'.


Ángel Martín flees from the flames of the Tábara fire.

The Losacio forest fire has been the most dangerous of those that have remained active in Zamora in recent hours. Its origin, last Sunday, could be in a storm recorded in the environment around six in the afternoon.


The Generalitat Firefighters continue to work this Tuesday on the Àger (Lleida) fire, which remains active, although it is already stabilized.

The Firefighters have insisted that the fire affects a "very difficult to access area", located between the train track and the climbing wall, which made it impossible for the Firetrucks to access the site during the work on Monday and that 1,7000 hectares have been devastated so far.


In Galicia, the wave of fires that affects the Community does not improve and the Xunta ensures that the fire "has a behavior that has never been seen in Galicia." In total there are more than 19,000 hectares devastated, although the sources of greatest concern are in the Huelva town of Carballeda de Valdeorras, where there are already more than 7,500 hectares, and the one that originated in O Courel, in Lugo. There, 4,900 hectares have already burned and the number of evicted people in the Community amounts to 1,100.

Forest firefighters carry out extinction work in O Barco de Valdeorras


In Extremadura the situation has improved remarkably. Those of Las Hurdes and Casas de Miravete have been considered stabilized. According to initial estimates, both in the Hurdes fire and in the Monfragüe area, more than 6,200 hectares have been burned. The one that has burned the largest area has been Casas de Miravete, with 3,239 hectares burned, followed by Las Hurdes, with 2,864 hectares, and Valle del Jerte, with 168 hectares affected.


In Andalusia, the worst situation was experienced in the province of Malaga. There the Mijas fire has been considered stabilized but the firefighters continue to consider it controlled. However, the most complicated situation was experienced over the weekend. The provisional balance released by the Board puts a total of 2,097 hectares affected by the fire this weekend in the Sierra de Mijas, Alhaurín de la Torre and Alhaurín el Grande, which the Infoca considered stabilized in the afternoon Sunday.


The Principality of Asturias registers seven forest fires, six of them already controlled and under review by the Principality's natural environment nursery and one active with firefighters from the Principality of Asturias Emergency Service (SEPA) working on their extinction. The active fire is located in Peñamellera Alta in Niserias, Pasarela de Picayos.

Suspension of the rail service between Madrid and Galicia

On Monday night, Renfe suspended all railway traffic on the High-Speed ​​line between Galicia and Madrid due to "a fire near the track", and it will affect the AVE and Alvia trains that make the Galicia-Madrid route.

The passengers of one of these trains experienced moments of great tension. The convoy stopped during the journey and the travelers witnessed with anguish how the flames approached the wagons.

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