Firefighters continued to battle the fires on Saturday in Spainone of which has already devastated 20,000 hectares in the northwest of the country, after almost a week of an exceptional and unusually early heat wave, which should ease on Sunday.
The fire The most important forced the authorities to evacuate hundreds of inhabitants from eleven towns in the Sierra de la Culebra, a mountain massif in the region of Castilla y León, near the border with Portugal.
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According to regional authorities, part of the residents were able to return to their homes on Saturday morning, as the flames moved away from their homes.
But the fire “is still active”, with an approximate area of 19,765 hectares burned, and “the weather conditions that are expected throughout the day are still adverse, with heat and wind still very present”, according to the authorities.
The regional government of Castilla y León indicated on Twitter that about 500 professionals were mobilized to put out the flames.
The fires They also caused the closure of a highway and a high-speed train line between Madrid and Galicia (northwest).
Others fires Actios continued in Artesa de Segre, and in Baldomar, in Catalonia, where the flames devoured more than 2,000 hectares of a forest.
The situation is “very complicated”, the Catalan firefighters acknowledged on Twitter. Other fire declared throughout the day in Olivella, near the El Garraf natural park.
In Navarre, another fire Forestry caused the evacuation of about 2,500 people from the Sendaviva zoo and amusement park.
The park’s animals remained inside but “are out of danger,” firefighters said.
Others fires they were already under control, especially in the Ávila valley (west) and in the Toledo region (center), where nearly 900 hectares were burned near the Puy du Fou amusement park.
Spain has suffered throughout this week an exceptional wave of heat, with temperatures above 40º C in several regions. According to the meteorological agency Aemet, 43.5ºC were reached in San Sebastián (north) and 42ºC in Zaragoza.
This heat wave, which also affects France and Italy, should end on Sunday, thanks to a mass of colder air coming from the west, according to Aemet.
Spainwhich had already experienced the warmest month of May since the beginning of the century, has suffered four episodes of extreme temperatures in the last ten months, including the current one wave of heat.