Thursday, August 11

The means of extinction work in 12 forest fires in Galicia, with more than 4,600 hectares burned


The means of extinction continue with the work of extinction in a total of 12 forest fires in Galicia, which have already burned more than 4,600 hectares since last Thursday, according to figures updated by the Consellería do Medio Rural until 08:30 a.m. this Sunday.

The Xunta admits that the drought in Galicia is “worrying”, with the flow in the rivers at half the usual

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At the moment, the most worrying situation continues in the Lugo municipalities of Folgoso do Courel and A Pobra do Brollón, where the Xunta maintains an active alert due to the proximity of the fire to inhabited areas. Specifically, in Folgoso do Courel three fires are still active that are already close to 2,000 hectares burned.

Also in the province of Lugo, in A Pobra do Brollón, the regional administration maintains ‘situation 2’ decreed as a preventive measure in the fire registered in the parish of Saa, although Rural Areas reported on Friday that the danger to the nucleus of Bust had subsided.

This fire has been active since 8:37 p.m. this Thursday and affects a provisional area of ​​600 hectares –50 more than in the last part offered by Rural Environment–. So far, 3 technicians, 19 agents, 29 brigades, 16 motorized pumps, 1 shovel, 3 helicopters and 4 planes have been mobilized for its control.

In the same municipality in the province of Lugo, another fire has been active since 9:14 p.m. on Thursday, in the same parish of Saa, which according to the latest estimates is around 50 provisional hectares. 1 agent, 1 brigade, 1 motorized pump and 1 helicopter have worked on its control.

Almost 2,000 hectares in Folgoso

In Folgoso do Courel, the alert is still decreed due to the proximity to the inhabited nucleus in the fire registered in the parish of Seceda, which began at 1:40 p.m. on Friday, and that, according to the latest provisional estimates, the affected area remains in 1,100 hectares.

The fire is close to the nucleus of Gamiz, in the parish of Santalla, located in Samos, a neighboring municipality. A total of 16 agents, 24 brigades, 10 motorized pumps, 6 planes and 4 helicopters have worked on this fire. The Military Emergency Unit (UME) also participates, which has deployed troops in the area.

The alert is also decreed in a fire in the parish of Vilamor, in Folgoso, where the flames are near the nucleus of Carballal. This fire began at 8:42 p.m. on Thursday and remains at 300 hectares burned, according to provisional estimates. Fighting the flames are 6 technicians, 18 agents, 29 brigades, 18 motorized pumps, 1 shovel, 5 planes and 3 helicopters.

Another fire, the third in Folgoso, remains active in Vilamor. It started at 8:25 p.m. this Thursday and, according to the latest provisional estimates, the area affected is 500 hectares. So far, 18 agents, 24 brigades, 19 motorized pumps, 1 shovel, 1 technical support unit, 6 planes and 6 helicopters have worked on its control.

In total, these three fires add up to a provisional devastated area of ​​1,900 hectares.

Improves the situation in Quiroga

On the other hand, the Xunta has considered controlled two of the active fires in the Lugo municipality of Quiroga. Specifically, the one in the parish of Outeiro, active since 8:29 p.m. this Thursday. According to the latest estimates, it affects an area of ​​250 provisional hectares. For its control, 2 technicians, 16 agents, 16 brigades, 13 motorized pumps, 2 shovels, 4 planes and 4 helicopters have been mobilized.

In addition, another fire in the same municipality has also been considered controlled at 11:55 p.m. In this case, in the parish of Nocedo, which began at 11:42 a.m. this Friday and which, according to the latest measurements on the ground, affects 15 provisional hectares -in the former part of the Xunta, the estimated area was 180 hectares–. So far, 1 technician, 8 agents, 9 brigades, 7 motorized pumps and 3 helicopters have worked on the

A third fire in Quiroga has been active since 12:42 p.m. this Friday, affecting 90 provisional hectares. So far, 1 technician, 8 agents, 20 brigades, 13 motorized pumps, 2 planes and 3 helicopters have been mobilized for its control.

1,100 hectares in Carballeda de Valdeorras

In the province of Ourense, a fire has been active since 6:57 a.m. this Friday in Vilariño de Conso, in the parish of Pradoalbar. At the moment it remains in about 160 affected hectares in the Parque Natural do Invernadeiro. Until now, 1 technician, 8 agents, 26 brigades, 8 motorized pumps, 2 shovels, 2 airplanes and 7 helicopters have worked on its control.

And in Carballeda de Valdeorras, the Xunta has considered the fire that has been active since 10:09 p.m. this Thursday registered in the parish of Riodolas, which affects 1,100 hectares, to be stabilized. Although the area burned is extensive, the scrubland burns and does not affect homes.

In its control, 5 technicians, 18 agents, 46 brigades, 22 motorized pumps, 3 shovels, 4 planes and 6 helicopters have participated.

Other fires under control and extinguished

Rural Environment also reports that the fire in Rodeiro (Pontevedra), which began at 8:56 p.m. on Thursday in the parish of Guillar and has burned 200 hectares of land, has been under control since 2:42 a.m. last morning . Two technicians, 14 agents, 39 brigades, 24 motorized pumps, 3 shovels and 2 helicopters have worked on it.

As for the fires registered in the first days of this heat wave, the media also advance in their extinction. Specifically, in recent days, two fires had been activated in the parish of Quins, in Melón, which have already been extinguished, and in Ribadavia, in Ourense, which burned a total of about 150 hectares.

Those extinguished in the municipality of Melón, in the parish of Quins, have affected almost 100 hectares -63.6 and 35 respectively–.

Meanwhile, the provisional area burned in Ribadavia, which was recorded at 10:11 p.m. last Monday and is under control, is 65 hectares.

A fire registered at 00.39 hours on Friday in Baiona (Pontevedra), which forced the evacuation of eight homes, has also been extinguished at 00.53 hours on Saturday. Registered in the parish of Baredo, it has affected 46 wooded hectares.

Also, in Cualedro (Ourense), the fire in the parish of A Xironda that started at 7:03 p.m. on Thursday was extinguished late on Friday. Finally, it affected 31 hectares of scrubland.

Half a hundred rays

The meteorological phenomenon recorded in Galicia, called the mesoscale convective system, “a great storm that affects a large geographical area”, left a total of 52 fires caused by lightning between 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and 8:00 a.m. Friday.

In that time frame, there were four hours in which the most fires occurred, 41 fires, between 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and midnight.



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