Asturias has 95 forest fires, one less than on Friday

Asturias has 95 forest fires, one less than on Friday

Asturias adds this Saturday 95 forest fires, one less than late yesterday afternoon, fires that mostly will be reviewed throughout this morning to determine their status.

According to the latest information provided by the Emergency Service of the Principality, during last night and throughout this morning, the extinguishing troops are still working on the outbreaks in Is, in the council of Allande; in La Plata, in Castrillón; in Aballe, in Parres; in Balmori, in Llanes; in Bustefollado, in Villayón; and in Caborno, Merás, Riospinoso and Aldín, in Valdés.

Meanwhile, the troops of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) sent yesterday to Oviedo to assist in extinguishing the fire on Monte Naranco have been demobilized after the outbreak was deactivated.

At the moment, the roads AS-351, between Almuñas and Merás; the AS-366, between Brieves and Merás; and the CO-4, between Covadonga and Los Lagos, remain closed to traffic.

It is foreseen that the Advanced Command Post which coordinates the extinguishing operation will move from Navelgas, in Tineo, to the town of Almuña, in Luarca.

The virulence of the fire, which has especially affected the west of the community and has forced the evacuation of 375 people, has led the Government of the Principality to consider declaring it a catastrophic area.

Extinguishing efforts to try to tackle the worst wave of fires in the Principality since 2017 were hampered yesterday in the absence of rainfall and strong gusts of wind.

The State Meteorological Agency forecasts for today weak rains throughout the territory, which will intensify during the second half of the day, with more probability in the eastern half, and lower temperatures.

The 78 Asturian councils will continue tomorrow, Sunday, in extreme risk of forest fires, according to the daily index published by the Ministry of Rural Environment.

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