19 Jul, 2022 @ 12:00
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WATCH: Dramatic footage shows Spaniard’s narrow escape from blaze during Zamora wildfire in northwestern Spain

Climatic Change: Extreme Temperatures Cause A Big Forest Fire Near Manresa(spain)
July 17, 2022, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain: Firefighters of the government of Catalonia, specialists in forest fires (GRAF), carry out against fires together with forest volunteers.Due to the high temperatures, which reach the entire Iberian Peninsula, there has been a large forest fire, which affects 5 towns near the city of Manresa, in Catalonia..In some cases farms and houses have been burned, as the fire has advanced with great virulence. (Credit Image: © Eric Renom/ZUMA Press Wire)

A SPANIARD attempting to build a fire break to save his village from the encroaching blaze narrowly escaped with his life after his digger was engulfed by flames.

Angel Martin Arjona can be seen sprinting from the inferno with his clothes alight in a video which captured the dramatic brush with death.

The man had been using his digger to create a trench at the edge of a field in the hope of preventing the wildfire from approaching the town of Tabara in Zamara province of Castilla y Leon.

The video shows the digger disappearing in flames and then the man running for his life while patting down clothes that are scorched from the flames.

Local media reported that he had been taken to hospital by helicopter and treated for burns.

The wildfire has already devastated 15,000 hectares since it broke out on Sunday and claimed two lives: a firefighter and a shepherd.

Some 32 villages have been evacuated affecting 5,800 people and the fire has caused at least eight main roads in the area to be closed.


Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.

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