This is how the natural reserve of Cap de Creus has been left after the fire that burned 415 hectares.

Dust, branches and burnt rocks are all that remains along the 415 hectares burnt by the fire between Port de la Selva and Llançà (Alt Empordà). From a drone view, the landscape in the natural park of Cap de Creus is desolate.

Firefighters stabilize the fire that has burned 400 hectares of the natural park of Cap de Creus.

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The ACN agency has flown over the area affected by the fire two days after the firefighters declared it extinguished. Beyond some green areas that were saved, the mountain has been blackened transforming the postcard of these municipalities for a few years.

The flames have exposed the old terraces that were used by the vineyards and that the phylloxera plague left unused. These terraces had been transformed in recent years into forest terraces covering the mountain with green. Beyond this it is difficult to identify what remains of vegetation in the area.

Throughout the area covered by the drone it is possible to see how several houses experienced the flames very closely. The protection strips, however, were key to stop the fire and it can be seen that the flames slowed down when they reached areas with little vegetation.

Of the 415 hectares burned by the fire that lasted three days, most of it is forest mass. In addition, the fire has mainly affected the Natural Park of Cap de Creus: of all the charred area, 402.2 hectares are part of this nature reserve.

The flames started on Friday at noon, shortly after half past one. The investigations suggest that it was a badly extinguished cigarette butt that took the vegetation of the margin of the road between Llançà and Port de la Selva. The tramontana and the lack of rain did the rest to encourage a fire that immediately rose up the mountain. To extinguish the flames, firefighters allocated about eighty troops between ground and air crews.

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