Almost two and a half months after it began, the Junta de Castilla y León declared this Friday, August 26, the serious fire that ravaged the Sierra de la Culebra in the province of Zamora to be officially extinguished.
An incident that, until another occurred in Losacio in July, had been the largest in the history of the Autonomous Community and that has not been extinguished in its entirety until now since a lightning strike caused it on the afternoon of June 15 in Sarracín de Aliste.
The final figures from the Board’s Ministry of the Environment point to a total area of practically 25,000 hectares, specifically 24,756. Already in detail, the Ministry offered yesterday with the announcement of the extinction the amounts that it considers definitive. And in this sense, the fire destroyed 15,002.10 hectares of tree surface; 8,258.58 scrub; 813.18 grass; 452.52 for agricultural use; and 211.57 of other types of land.
Although the perimeter was controlled since June 24, there has continued to be a flame within that space during these months, in which Zamora has also suffered even stronger fires.
This fire, which originated outside the period of full operation of the Junta de Castilla y León, which is only activated from July 1, has been the result of intense controversy. Subsequently, and in great detail, reports and testimonies have been revealed that show a lack of means when the fire in the Sierra de la Culebra broke out.
A lack of means that, for its part, has been denied at all times by the regional government of PP and Vox, especially through the mouth of the Minister of the Environment, Juan Carlos Suárez-Quiñones from Leon. In any case, the seriousness of this first huge disaster in the Leonese Region is confirmed by the estimate that it caused 76.1 million losses in ecosystems, without taking into account the displacement of hundreds of residents and dozens of towns, some of them who suffered loss of their properties.