“There were only two active positions out of 18”

The Forest fire declared last Wednesday, July 15, in the reserve of the Sierra de la Culebra, in Zamora, has been stabilized this Sunday June 19 after sweeping 30,000 hectares. The Zamora forest fire is already one of the worst of this century in Spain.

If we compare it with the volcano of La Palma, we discover that the Cumbre Vieja left behind 1,193 devastated hectares, while in the case of the Sierra de la Culebra the affected hectares amount to 30,000. According to Ernesto Angulo, coordinator of the Autonomous Sector of Castilla y León CCOO FSC, “means were lacking” to control this fire.

More than 37,000 hectares burned in Spain

On June 15 they were missing guard technicians, “They are the ones dedicated to forest fires, there were none and there had to be four,” he stressed. Of environmental agents there were none either, in Zamora there are 22 but that day there were none.

At the surveillance posts “where you can see if there are fires, there were only 2 active 18″ seats, Ernesto Ángulo pointed out. Of the fire trucks that “are the ones that provide service to put out fires the fastest, there were only 8 operational out of 14”, he assured, “the serious thing about all this is that there were workers who were hired but had been given vacations those days and that week and high risk has been warned,” he added.


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