Friday, April 19

Eight towns evicted and three roads cut by the fire in Zamora

One of the firefighters teams working on the Sierra de la Culebra fire, during the extinction work. / EMILIO FRAILE / EUROPA PRESS

The fire has affected an area of ​​between 8,500 and 9,000 hectares in the Sierra de la Culebra

The strong gusty winds have not given respite throughout the night in the Sierra de la Culebra and have forced the evacuation of the 205 inhabitants of the Zamora towns of Mahíde, Cabañas de Aliste, San Pedro de las Herrerías, Las Torres de Aliste, Pobladura from Aliste and Palazuelo de las Cuevas to safe places. In addition, during the morning of this Friday, the residents of the towns of Boya and Villardeciervos have also had to leave their homes due to the smoke.

According to the Junta de Castilla y León, those affected have been displaced to the municipalities of Alcañices and Camarzana de Tera and rehoused in municipal facilities.

The changing winds, with speeds of over 40 km per hour, the bad weather conditions and the abrupt topography of the terrain have complicated the extinction work throughout the night and have transformed the 900 hectares burned yesterday into a surface devastated by the flames of between 8,500 and 9,000 hectares, according to initial estimates by the Ministry of the Environment.

According to the information provided by the Civil Guard Command, three roads are closed, two of them provincial and one regional. Specifically, the ZA-P 1407 between Sarracín de Aliste and Ferreras de Arriba, the ZA-V 2638 between Villardeciervos and Ferreras de Arriba and the regional road ZA-912 between kilometer points 6,600 and 22,500 remain closed. The fire of level 2 of danger declared during the night of Wednesday in the Sierra de la Culebra de Zamora and that until Thursday had burned almost a thousand hectares forced the neighbors to evacuate to avoid risk situations.

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A new episode of strong winds and dry storms reignited the flames, forcing that decision to be made.

Firefighters manage to stabilize two fires in Catalonia

Currently, thirteen environmental agents, seven technicians, eight fire trucks, five bulldozers, eight ground crews, two helicopter crews, a convoy from Salamanca and another from Segovia are operating in the area. Throughout the morning it is expected that convoys from Palencia and Burgos will join. Each of these convoys is made up of two ground crews, two fire engines, an agent and a technician. The performance of eight helicopters and two additional seaplanes is also planned.

More than 220 people have worked throughout the night in the extinction work. The more than 100 professionals of the Infocal operation have been joined by means and troops from the Military Emergency Union (UME), the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, the community of Madrid and Galicia. The aerial means have been incorporated first thing this morning.

Mañueco travels today to the Sierra de la Culebra

The president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, has asserted this Friday through his personal Twitter account that the night in the forest fire in the Sierra de la Culebra has been “hard and eternal” as a result of some weather conditions that “have been and are very unfavorable”.

“The protection of people is always a priority,” adds the president of the Board, who this Friday will travel to the province of Zamora to go to the advanced command post of the Sierra de la Culebra fire. Mañueco’s visit to the command post, located on the outskirts of Sarracín de Aliste, is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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