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Galicia accumulates more than 42,000 hectares devastated by fires in the last month

Galicia accumulates more than 42,000 hectares devastated in the last month, according to the information provided by the Department of Rural Environment, which offers data only on fires from 20 hectares. A month ago, on July 14, there were dry storms in which lightning caused fifty fires. In the second half of that month, the two largest fires in the history of Galicia were recorded: O Courel (Lugo) -11,100 hectares- and Valdeorras (Ourense) -10,500 hectares-.

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Another of the great fires in July was the one in the Ourense municipality of Vilariño de Conso, in the parish of Padroalbar, which burned 7,000 hectares and affected the Invernadeiro Natural Park.

The next fire by extension that month was registered in the Ourense municipality of Oímbra, in the parish of Rabal, with 2,100 hectares burned. Likewise, in that municipality there were two other fires in Videferre -919 hectares- and San Cibrao -370 hectares- in July, but it suffered fires again during this month of August and the flames have destroyed the chapel of Santa Ana, of which only the walls are left.

Speaking to Europa Press, the mayor of Oímbra, Ana María Villarino, reports that the fire that started last Sunday – it has stabilized since Monday – in the parish of As Chás reached the roof of the early medieval temple and destroyed the entire interior of the small chapel, including the image of the saint.

So far in August, more than 8,000 hectares have burned in Galicia. Six fires remain unextinguished today. The largest of them is that of Laza, which the Xunta considers stabilized after burning some 2,100 hectares. The last to declare, on Monday night, is a fire that affects the parish of Frontón, in the municipality of Pantón (Lugo) and that has already burned more than 20 hectares. Practically the entire territory of Galicia awaits a change in weather conditions, with rains and lower temperatures these days.

Another of the biggest fires of the summer is the one that started in the parish of Cures, in Boiro, which burned 2,200 hectares and burned for a week in a territory in which there was special surveillance because the Xunta had classified it as “high activity incendiary”.