A fire unleashed this Sunday in Boca de Huérgano (León), which already affects more than 900 hectares and has a radius of 20 kilometers, is at danger level 2 (in a range from 0 to 3) due to the difficulty of controlling it it passed and smoke arrived in communities near the eruptions, although none were cleared. The environmental branch of the Junta de Castilla y León, which has requested the support of the Military Emergency Unit (UME), has reported that this front “remains very active and making progress”. In the south of the municipality, the fire in Santa Cruz (Ávila) was brought under control thanks to the rains that fell on Monday evening, making it possible to control the last embers of a fire that had lost its greatest danger thanks to the work of destruction.
One of the main hazards in the Leonesian eruptions, as confirmed by Environment, is that “the rocky area with scrub contains a lot of fuel and the orography makes extinguishing operations difficult”. In addition, the weather forecast predicts violent storms with a high probability of lightning and strong winds, which can make the work of the deployed brigades more difficult. Thus, the helicopter units and seaplanes become relevant, dropping water from the sky in places that their companions in the fire engines and ground crews cannot easily reach. The proximity of the Riaño reservoir allows them to conveniently collect water to continue intervening from the sky.
Controlled fire in Ávila
The fire in Santa Cruz (Ávila) that broke out this Friday and burned more than 1,000 hectares of the Sierra de Gredos has been practically extinguished and the authorities have given to around 25 people displaced from an urbanization near the forest allowed to return their homes. Castilla y León is the Spanish municipality hardest hit by the blazes this summer, with more than a third of the national hectares destroyed.
The cities of Ávila, which had experienced the fire the hardest, Pedro Bernardo and Lanzahíta, spent four days full of concern and a lot of smoke generated by the various reactivations that complicated the work of the firefighters. They have insisted that the complex orography of these lands and the high temperatures conducive to reproduction that prevented this wildfire from ending. The rains, accompanied by an overnight increase in humidity, have led to progress and operations are now pending to prevent the recent very strong winds from causing new episodes of fire in these countries. Neighbors and volunteer firefighters who know these places have insisted on one constant in the fires during these hot months: the lack of attention and care of the copses, with a lot of fuel in the form of weeds, unleashes fronts very difficult for the of the brigades . Early estimates suggest it was provoked.
In addition, the changing wind forces special caution, as it can cause groups to be enveloped by floodlights that suddenly come on. This is what happened to a firefighter a few weeks ago in Zamora, during the second fire in the Sierra de la Culebra. Together they devastated about 60,000 hectares, causing the deaths of both this profession and a shepherd surprised with his flock. In both these cases, as in the rest of the fires that Castilla y León has suffered, the firefighters have denounced a lack of human and material resources and poor working or supply conditions.
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