The Forest fire more serious than Spain in the last ten years it has already burned 25,000 hectares of the Sierra de la Culebrain the province of Zamora (central west), and is still active this Sunday.

For now, its perimeter remains stabilized thanks to a great effort by the security teams. ground and aerial extinction and a change in atmospheric conditions, although with the risk that the wind will rekindle the fire.

A wave of fires has been spreading from north to south across Spain for several days, favored by very high temperatures, low humidity, dry storms and strong winds, although today the heat began to subside and some rains arrived in part of the country.

The situation is also critical in the region of Navarra (north), where five fires are burning out of control and several towns have been evacuated, and there are active fires in Aragon and Catalonia (northeast).

The fires in the regions of Castilla-La Mancha (center) and Comunidad Valenciana (east) are considered controlled.

The one in the Sierra de la Culebra, in the region of Castilla y León, began on Wednesday due to lightning and has affected almost a quarter of the tree mass of this nature reserve, a great ecological disaster with serious socioeconomic repercussions.

The authorities have allowed residents of some twenty evicted towns to return to their homes and have reopened a highway and the high-speed rail line between Madrid and the Galicia region (northwest).

This is the third fire in Spain in devastated extension after the one that devastated almost 29,000 hectares in Cortes de Pallás (Valencia, east) in 2012; and the one that devoured nearly 30,000 hectares in Riotinto Mines (Huelva, south) in 2004.

In Catalonia, the most affected municipality is Artesa de Segre (province of Lérida), where 2,702 hectares have burned, the vast majority in the Serra del Montsec protected natural area, according to the latest data from the Rural Agents of the regional government.

Since last Wednesday, some two hundred forest fires have been registered in this region.

In Aragón, the Nonaspe fire (Zaragoza province) is the largest, as it is estimated that it has charred 2,000 hectares.

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