Friday, September 24

The Copernicus system denies the Government of Castilla y León: there are 23,000 hectares destroyed in the Avila fire and not 12,000

The Junta de Castilla y León figures at 12,000 hectares, so far, the area burned in the fire that started last Saturday in the Avila municipality of Navalacruz, which is still active. However, the Copernicus satellite surveillance system, whose activation was requested by the regional executive, denies the data. There are almost 23,000 hectares destroyed in a fire that has not been controlled four days after it started.

The president of Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, acknowledged last Tuesday that it is the most serious fire since Castilla y León obtained the transfer of extinction, in 1984. Even so, it almost halves the burned area. This Wednesday, Copernicus provides the exact data: 22,723 charred hectares. Board sources have defended the figure of 12,000 hectares, arguing that the fire is still “in perimeter” and because within it “there are areas that have not been burned and that should not be counted.”

As reported by the Junta de Castilla y León, at this time a technician, the advanced command post, seven environmental agents, six fire trucks, six crews, three bulldozers, four helicopters and four Fire Fighting Teams are operating in the area. Forestals (ELIF), with the help of three Forest Fire Brigades (BRIF), a bomber, and a group of experts from the Ministry of Transition and the UME.

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