A fire that has been raging since the end of last week has burned more than 200 hectares north of Burgos, on the border with Cantabria. The fire, according to the residents of this mountainous area, started on Friday in the mountain of Espinosa de los Monteros (Burgos) and has intensified since Sunday, when the fire was declared as level 1 of danger from a maximum of 3. Firefighters struggled to put it out. of fire in areas that are difficult to access due to the terrain, so only aerial means can operate. Castilla y León and Cantabria mobilized their troops to try to extinguish it, with those of the Ministry of Ecological Transition participating.
The flames have reduced their impact in the southern part of the mountain of Burgos, in the areas of Estacas de Trueba, while in the northern part, Pico de la Miel (Cantabria), the explosions are still active and the firefighters have. difficulty dealing with them. The territorial delegate of the Junta de Castilla y León in Burgos, Roberto Saiz, considers that the southern part of the fire has “stabilized,” but emphasizes that in the Cantabrian land it is “very active.”. The government of Cantabria mobilized a helicopter and ground resources. Pablo Palencia, Cantabrian Environment Minister, emphasized the complexity of the task: “This is an inaccessible area, and it will take a long time to control the flames affecting the south and north of the valley.”
Cantabria remains alert level 2 for forest fires in 8 of the 13 forest regions: Liébana Occidental, Liébana Oriental, Nansa, Cabuérniga, Besaya, Pas, Pisueña-Miera, and Asón.
Despite the current winter season, the high temperatures of these weeks and the lack of rain favor the expansion of the flames, especially in the lower areas of the forest like those affected between Burgos and Cantabria.
Diego de la Iglesia, a neighbor who lives near the fire, explained that the first sparks started on Wednesday night, January 31, as evidenced by a web camera from a nearby rural house. That day, the sky was clear and there was no storm. “The fire was very strong in the first two days, but there was a big pause; you could see a plume of smoke, and then on Saturday afternoon it came back to life,” he pointed out, showing photos of the evolution in flames.