Forest fire which claimed 11 lives is under control
20 July 2005, GUADALAJARA — Firefighters said they expected to bring a wildfire which claimed the lives of 11 volunteer firefighters.
20 July 2005
GUADALAJARA — Firefighters said they expected to bring a wildfire which claimed the lives of 11 volunteer firefighters.
The blaze, in the central Spanish province of Guadalajara, has burned more than 12,000 hectares (29,629 acres) of pine forest.
Officials at the fire-control center told EFE that the fire was still burning near the town of Selas.
Castilla-La Mancha regional government officials, meanwhile, said the blaze was nearly under control and two additional units had joined the 23 already working to put out the worst wildfire in Spain in the past 20 years.
Firefighters have focused in the past few hours on watering down scorched areas to prevent a change in the wind from reigniting the fire.
The blaze started Saturday afternoon and was apparently caused by a cooking fire that was not extinguished in a stand of pine trees, officials said.
The fire, which spread quickly due to the wind and dry conditions in the area, forced the evacuation of several towns and killed 11 firefighters Sunday who were surrounded by flames on a forest road.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news