The monks of Silos are evicted while the fire puts Zamora on alert again

A firefighter observes the flames of the fire declared yesterday in Quintanilla del Coco. / Eph

Losacio and five other Zamoran municipalities are evacuated due to a new fire, while in Tenerife the fire is still out of control

This Sunday has been the longest night for the hundreds of residents of the Arlanza region who have been evicted from their villages due to the threat of fire. A fire that originated around 1:00 p.m. in Quintanilla del Coco and was declared level 2 just an hour later, in what was predicted as a disaster due to the speed with which the flames spread.

The sports center and the Salas de los Infantes institute welcome people who have had to leave their homes with what they are wearing. They come from Santibáñez de Val (first town evicted), Santo Domingo de Silos, Carazo, Villanueva de Carazo and Hacinas.

The fire is seriously threatening the town of Silos, where firefighters are fighting to protect the Santo Domingo de Silos monastery, a jewel of Burgos heritage. The Benedictine community, made up of 25 religious, has had to leave the monastery and has moved to the Benedictine convent in Aranda de Duero.

The Benedictine monastery has its origins in the 12th century and is one of the most important Romanesque monuments. The church was replaced in the 18th century by what is known today, which is neoclassical. It is a unique monument and one of the most emblematic of the Burgos heritage and now it is threatened by a fire that is spreading out of control.

Evacuate Losacio and five more municipalities in Zamora

Just one week after the start of the
Losacio forest fire in which two people lost their lives, the province of Zamora is once again experiencing moments of anguish due to a new level 2 fire, which originated yesterday afternoon in Vegalatrave and forced the eviction of six towns, whose neighbors were moved to the Ifeza fairgrounds in Zamora.

These are the towns of Losacio, Márquiz de Alba, Olmillos de Castro, Losilla, San Pedro de las Cuevas and Navianos de Alba, as reported by the Ministry of the Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León.

The outbreak that originated in Vegalatrave, in an area very close to the town of Losacio, was detected at 6:00 p.m. and reached level 2 of danger due to possible effects on the population and on goods other than those of a forest nature, on an afternoon with intense heat and wind that made the extinction work very difficult.

Santiago Campo, mayor of Losacio, confessed that they were all very nervous because the fire had entered the town, although he was unaware of the possible effect on the homes due to the presence of intense smoke and the impossibility of accessing the population at that time. "The town is burning," he lamented. “This is a very big misfortune. We have no solutions of any kind. This is a shame, both the other day and today. Everything is burning and it's a shame », he said.

The first indications indicate that this fire is not spontaneous and that the hand of man would be behind it, intentionally or recklessly, as reported by the Board.


The forest fire that broke out last Thursday in the north of Tenerife and affects five municipalities: La Orotava, Los Realejos, San Juan de la Rambla, La Guancha and Icod de los Vinos, is still out of control and the area affected is estimated already in about 2,700 hectares, with a perimeter of about 27 kilometers.


The fire in Cebreros (Ávila) has dropped to level 1 of danger, as reported last night by the Board through its social networks. The fire that began on July 16 has remained at level 2 for seven days and in which 4,500 hectares have already burned.

However, the fire in San Juan de la Nava (Ávila) has been declared dangerous level 2 due to a possible risk to the population and goods other than those of a forest nature. The wind spikes are fanning the flames and the columns of smoke can already be seen in several locations in the area.


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