Over the weekend in Spain, thousands of hectares of forest were devastated by wildfires. First of all, in the region of Catalonia, where a critical situation has developed. Dozens of people had to be evacuated due to the spread of fire.
In the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona, the fire is uncontrollably developing, leaving behind about 1,300 burned hectares, including part of a protected natural area, and crops, rescue services said.
More than three hundred firefighters were deployed in the area with fifty tank trucks.
Wildfires also threaten southern Spain. Firefighters continue to fight the flames in the municipality of Villarras, located in the province of Huelva, Andalusia.
In an area of great importance to the local population, about 600 hectares were burned down.
“The damage is invaluable. It’s the work of a lifetime. The entire field of the farm burned down. Besides being our home, it was a very beloved place in the city, a very iconic place,” says Miguel Cervantes Monedero, Villarasa's neighbor.
According to official figures, by July 18, Spain burned about 15,000 hectares more than in the same period last year.