The wildfires that have been ravaging Galicia's Fragas do Eume natural park have finally been extinguished, announced the regional Environment Minister today.
The last remaining pocket of fire from the blaze, that was initially detected at 15:16 hours last Saturday, was brought under control definitively at 15:30 hours today.
Initial estimates suggest that some 750 hectares of woodland have been destroyed by the flames, 370 hectares of which is part of the Fragas do Eume protected area, considered to have special environmental importance.
Eight helicopters, seven planes, and a land-based team, based in A Capela, and comprising 50 firefighters, 45 forestry workers and 4 technical advisors, worked on extinguishing the fire.
286 soldiers from a military base in León were also called in to help battle the blaze, with the aid of 18 pumps and six container trucks as well as at least another hundred communication and support vehicles.