A wall of fire that cuts through the cornfield and a man suddenly emerging from the flames, fleeing the merciless element. Reuters Agency released a dramatic video from the Spanish province of Zamora. Spain is ravaged by massive fires.
Dozens of large forest fires are ravaging Spain, especially its northern and western parts. The element, intensified by strong winds, on Monday approached the city limits of Tabara in the Zamora province. Numerous air-assisted firefighters face the raging flames there.
The inhabitants also went to fight the fire. To stop the fire from spreading further and save their homes, they moved their excavators and tractors to the flame-consumed farmland to dig trenches – buffers between the city and the pressing element.
Man on fire
Reuters Agency released a dramatic video from Tabara. It shows an excavator driving along a fence behind which a huge fire rages. At some point, the vehicle becomes engulfed in thick smoke and then disappears into fire.
Moments later, a man runs out of the flames – the driver of the excavator. A man in burnt clothes runs away from the wall of the fire, stumbling every now and then. In the next shot, a firefighter appears and rushes towards him.
According to the Reuters news agency, the man in the video is Angel Martin Arjona, the owner of one of the construction warehouses in the city of Tabara. The man suffered severe burns and was transported by helicopter to hospital, his friend Joan Lozano said.
“Fire could digest anything, absolutely anything.” It did not come about thanks to the professionalism of the firefighters and the people who had the balls to protect us, said Lozano of fighting the fire, quoted by Reuters.
Fires in Spain
On Monday, the largest fires occurred in Galicia, in the north-west of the country, as well as in the autonomous communities of Extremadura and Castile and Leon in the west, where about 1,000 people were evacuated in the morning.
On Sunday night, more than 200 people were evacuated in the province of Barcelona, in the northeast of Spain, where firefighters are fighting a large forest fire in the municipalities of Pont de Vilomara and Rocafort. According to the estimates of the autonomous government of Catalonia, nearly five thousand people had to be evacuated in this region as a result of the fires that had lasted since Thursday.
Main photo source: Reuters