Forest fires cut pilgrims' path

26th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 July 2004, VALLADOLID - A forest fire in Molinaseca cut across the pilgrims' path on the traditional Road to Santiago Monday.

26 July 2004

VALLADOLID - A forest fire in Molinaseca cut across the pilgrims' path on the traditional Road to Santiago Monday.

Firefighters, helicopters and a water bomber were out in force to try and control the flames.

The fire started in Molinaseca, in the north-western province of Leon.

According to the Environmental Council of the Castilla and Leon regional government, the fire presents "no risk" to people in the area, although the decision was taken to re-route traffic on the local highway between Molinaseca and Foncebadon (Leon), since it is used by many pilgrims as part of the Road to Santiago.

The affected highway is one of the places where the greatest number of pilgrims travel.

They refer to it as the "French road", because it connects Roncesvalles in France with Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia.

In the Leon region it leads from La Maragateria to El Bierzo over the Foncebadon pass, one of the most memorable stops along the route of St. James.

Neighbours also helped a farmer in Leon to round up 600 sheep after his farm was surrounded by flames.

"The fires have destroyed everything," he told EFE news agency.

There were also reports of fires in the Orense province and Andalucia Monday.

There were similar forest fires in parts of France and Portugal, reports said Monday.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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