The largest unextinguished fires in Galicia are concentrated in Ourense and Pontevedra, totaling nearly 1,500 hectares burned
VERÍN (OURENSE), Aug 4 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The fire that broke out in Verín (Ourense) on Wednesday just before 3 p.m. with more than a dozen outbreaks has already destroyed 600 hectares according to preliminary measurements, the alarm for the vicinity of houses is still active. However, the city’s mayor, Gerardo Seoane, has confirmed to Europa Press that the situation is improving: “It’s a perimeter; it seems the worst is over.”
The Ministry of Rural Affairs also confirms in its final part that the situation in Verín is “developing favorably” and that the media are working to clear a flank that is very difficult to access. The regional department advises that there is no danger to inhabited areas, and the city council has commented in the same direction.
Rural Affairs Minister José González had also indicated early on in an interview with Radio Galega, collected by Europa Press, that putting out the fire during the night, when technicians check “windows of opportunity,” had been beneficial to the fight against fires that are not yet extinguished in the community.
“No neighbor is and has not been in danger,” he stressed, while explaining that the evictions of a group of houses lasted “about two hours” last day but neighbors were able to return and sleep in their households. There were also preventive deliveries.
As for the damage, it has yet to be properly assessed, but the fire threatened the Cabreiroá and Augas de Sousas facilities. In the latter, it damaged part of the outside of the warehouse and burned crates and stored pallets. In the case of Cabreiroá, Seoane explains that “it activated its own protection system”, meaning it didn’t take any damage. An abandoned car shed also suffered from the effects of the flames.
Both the Rural Environment Minister and the city’s mayor, Gerardo Seoane, have influenced the “intentionality” of this fire, which was started in more than a dozen different sources.
5 technicians, 15 agents, 28 brigades, 14 motor pumps, 2 shovels, 1 technical support unit, 10 aircraft and 11 helicopters worked to fight the fire. About 150 members of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) have joined the duties to try to control the blazes, and members of the Civil Guard, Civil Defense and Portuguese media have also collaborated.
TO MEZQUITA, MACEDA AND CALVOS
The largest fire of those that are not extinguished in Galicia is that of Verín and reaches 600 hectares. But overall, the largest fires reported from rural areas, concentrated in the provinces of Ourense and Pontevedra, cover about 1,500 hectares. After that in Verín, that in Mourentán in Arbo (Pontevedra) has burned the largest area in recent days, totaling 400 hectares devastated.
In the province of Ourense, in addition to the Verín fire, another forest fire has been active since 5:41 p.m. this Wednesday in A Mezquita. It started in the municipality of O Pereiro and has already burned 150 hectares, although Rural Areas reports that it is making positive progress towards stabilization and without affecting villages.
And if, in the case of Verín, the authorities are pointing to intent with a dozen outbreaks, they are doing the same in the case of the fire, which is still active in Maceda, having burned down another 150 hectares, according to preliminary measurements.
Work on the Maceda fire, which began with three separate and simultaneous outbreaks in Castro de Escuadra, is progressing “favorably” towards its stabilization without affecting villages. It began in three different and simultaneous foci.
And at 00:46 this Thursday, the fire that broke out in Lobás in Calvos de Randín after destroying 50 hectares was stabilized.
In the province of Pontevedra, the concern is concentrated in the town of Arbo, where in the last day a new fire entered from Portugal, which is still active and is still activated with “Situation 2” as a preventive measure by the proximity of the flames to the Polygon Industrial .
This fire, registered in the municipality of Barcela, has burned 70 hectares and is developing positively towards its stabilization, according to Rural Environment, indicating that no villages are affected.
And stabilized continues, after burning 400 hectares, the fire started in the municipality of Mourentán, in Arbo. A total of 9 technicians, 30 agents, 96 brigades, 65 motor pumps, 5 shovels, 1 tractor, 2 engineering support units, 12 aircraft, 10 helicopters and members of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) worked on the extinguishing work.
But the fire that broke out in the municipality of Padróns in Ponteareas and burned 20 hectares is still under control. 11 agents, 25 brigades, 17 motor pumps, 1 shovel and 1 helicopter worked to fight the fire.