Biology student, University of Sevilla
On 27 July 2004, four arson fires in different points of the Río Tinto mining area (Huelva, SW Spain) led to a wildfire. After a period of abnormally high temperatures and intense drought, fire was burning for days, affecting about 30,000 ha of shrubland, oak, eucalyptus and pine forests in the provinces of Huelva and Sevilla.
These pictures were shot in 2012, eight years after the wildfire, exactly in the area where fire was initiated. In contrast to other affected areas, intense restoration practices were not applied here, and heavy machinery was not used for logging or taking away burnt trees. Although the effects of fire are still visible, natural recovering of soil and vegetation is clear. Soil has gone through its own process of regeneration, and seed banks and resprouting structures have not been affected.