Monday, August 8

Castilla y León fights against 12 fires, eight of high magnitude, which leave four injured

Castilla y León has to face a dozen active fires this Saturday, eight of them of great magnitude. On the morning of this Saturday, the Board has reported that the fires of Monsagro, in Salamanca, and Navafría, in Segovia, are at level 2 of danger, while those of Navalonguilla and Cebreros, in Ávila; Paradaseca, in El Bierzo; Candlemas, in Salamanca; Figueruelas de Arriba and Roelos de Sayago, both in Zamora, are at level 1. All the provinces, with the exception of Valladolid, have some focus, as reported by the Board in its last part. In addition, another dozen forest fires are being monitored that are considered controlled but remain under surveillance in case the high temperatures cause new outbreaks.

Since this Friday, four people have been injured as a result of one of the fires. The last one, an environmental agent from León who had an accident on the road when he was carrying supplies to the Páramo del Sil fire. According to the Board, he has been treated in an ambulance and is already at home.

In the case of the most serious fires, in Monsagro in the province of Salamanca, the technical fire carried out by the operation in El Maíllo, which threatened the air base, has worked and its advance in that area has been slowed down. causing the aerial means to recover the usual activity. The Ministry of the Environment has reported that the fire is “at a turning point in which the ability to be controlled will be seen.” The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has even gone to the area to learn about the operation. In addition, one of the members of the extinction operation was affected by smoke inhalation on Friday.

A device made up of 17 technicians, 37 environmental agents, 17 aerial means, seven helicopter brigades, three reinforcement brigades, a bulldozer; 22 fire engines; five night crews, 17 ground crews and the UME. Likewise, the Army Specialty Regiment of Engineers No. 11 joins the efforts to extinguish the fire in Monsagro (Salamanca), according to the Ministry of Defense, with heavy machinery to widen firebreaks and open access roads.

Nearly a hundred residents of the towns of Monsagro and Guadapero continue in the shelter set up in Ciudad Rodrigo to welcome those evacuated by the fire that has ravaged these Salamanca municipalities since last week. The residents of Morasverdes, one of the three evacuated towns, can now return to their homes, according to the Board through its social networks.

According to reports from the Red Cross to Europa Press, there are a total of 89 people who remain in the Mirobrigense capital, although there are more neighbors who sleep with relatives “but go to the shelter for meals.” There are seven volunteers from this organization who are in charge of attending to the “health and social needs” of those sheltered and that continues “forming affiliation in case more people arrive.”

The night has been “quiet”, they explain from Ciudad Rodrigo, who point out that there are older people evacuated but also “families who were on vacation in their towns”. Even so, everyone shows “concern” about how their homes are and the ranchers show their “concern” to see how the fire affects their pastures and animals.

The fire of Cebreros, at level 1

On the afternoon of this Saturday, the Board has declared level 1 in the forest fire that originated around 3:45 p.m. in Cebreros, Ávila. On the ground, three helicopters and three ELIFs from the Junta are operating, two helicopters from the Community of Madrid; a cargo plane on the ground and two helicopters from Castilla-La Mancha; 1 amphibian plane and 1 coordination plane from the Ministry for the Ecological Transition. Two amphibious planes and a BRIF are on the way. The fire keeps the highway AV-503 km 39 to 34 closed, both, according to the General Directorate of Traffic.

It is a convective potential fire with an extraordinarily fast propagation speed. The wind and high temperatures have favored the spread of the flames and the forecast of more than twelve hours of work to control them has forced the declaration of Level 1 at 4:30 p.m.

The fire in Navafría (Segovia) exceeds 1,000 hectares

In Navafría (Segovia) the situation has improved although the fire that has already burned more than 1,000 hectares is still active, as reported by the Junta de Castilla y León. The fire has come to burn a house and a barn in the town of Torre Val de San Pedro, whose 200 neighbors have been evicted. In addition, an environmental agent had to be hospitalized for smoke poisoning, while a woman was injured after her house in the aforementioned town was affected. In this fire, in addition to the high temperatures, the changing wind is complicating its extinction.

The forest fire declared in the Segovian town of Navafría continues at risk level 2 -on a progressive scale from 0 to 3- after yesterday forcing the approximately two hundred residents of the town of Torre Val de San Pedro to leave their homes due to the abundant smoke, in addition to affecting a barn and a house in the same municipality. The Board maintains the level 2 of danger that it established yesterday after forcing the closure of the N-110 road, which, according to the website of the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) is already open.

Two technicians, seven environmental agents, seven aerial resources, two helicopter brigades, a reinforcement brigade, a bulldozer, four fire engines, chamois, four ground crews, a municipal fire crew, two technicians from Valsaín and two crews participate in the fire. of land in the same locality. Likewise, an element of reconnaissance and intervention of the Military Unit of Meregency (UME) goes to the fire to collaborate in the extinction work.

Fire, again, in the Sierra de la Culebra

The good evolution has also allowed two fires in the province of Zamora, Figueruela and Roales, to drop from level 2 to level 1. The Navalonquilla fires in Ávila and Candelario in Salamanca are also in this situation.

In Zamora, the aerial media returned this Saturday with the first hours of daylight. The situation of forest fires in the province has improved during the last night after reducing the level of danger of the fires of Figueruela de Arriba and Roelos de Sayago, which do not pose a direct threat to the surrounding populations.

The fire in Figueruela de Arriba, which broke out early on Friday, apparently caused by lightning, has reached the border with Portugal and forced the evacuation of part of the population of Villarino de Manzanas on Friday, while those who remained They were confined in a safe place. Here, a technician, three environmental agents and three ground crews continue to carry out auction and extinction work.

The level 2 declaration was made yesterday due to the possibility of risk to people when the fire jumped the ZA-P-2438 highway and forced the evacuation of Villarino de Manzanas. The overcoming of this risk for the population has motivated the lowering of the level. The means that have acted during the night are two technicians, two environmental agents, a ground crew, a night crew, two fire engines and a helicopter brigade, in addition to the Tabuyo Reinforcement Brigade of the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

In Roelos de Sayago, the flames threatened both that town and the neighboring town of Carbellino, although no evictions were necessary. The statement was made at 10:00 p.m. The work of the operation during the night has also allowed to avoid the risk for the population and the consequent descent to Level 1, declared today at 8:30 am.

The means of the Infocal operation that have been acting in the fire have been five environmental agents, two ground crews and one night crew, six fire engines, four bulldozers, a helicopter, a helicopter brigade and the Hotel coordination helicopter. In addition, they are collaborating in the firefighting tasks Sayago Firefighters

In the case of the Navalonguilla fire, which has been active since the 12th without being considered extinguished, this Friday it was reproduced and forced to rise to level 1 as it was anticipated that the work would continue for more than 12 hours in an area where there is a risk of affecting wooded masses and it is also difficult to access.

In the case of the Leonese town of Paradaseca, the aforementioned level has been declared due to the forecast that it will take more than twelve hours to control it and due to the possible effect on more than 30 wooded hectares. Finally, at level 0 but also active, are Valluercanes (Burgos), Fuente de Oliva (León), Villaescusa (Palencia), Agreda (Soria) and Porto (Zamora).

alarm situation

Given the complex weather situation and the existing risk, the Junta de Castilla y León has raised the risk of forest fires throughout the community to ‘Alarm Situation’ between this Saturday, July 16, and Tuesday, the 19th, due to of the persistence of the heat wave.

The declaration requires greater precautions than the ‘Alert Situation’ issued last Sunday, July 10, until this Friday. The rule affects the entire territory of the Community and the population is asked to take extreme precautions and notify immediately through 112 about the existence of possible forest fires.

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