Guadalajara (pronounced: [ɡwaðalaˈxaɾa] from Arabic وادي الحجارة (wādi al-ħajāra), "streambed/valley of stones") is a province of central/north-central Spain, in the northern part of the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha. It is bordered by the provinces of Cuenca, Madrid, Segovia, Soria, Zaragoza, and Teruel. Guadalajara is a mountainous place, the eastern side of the province is in the Sistema Ibérico area, while the Sistema Central rises in the western part.
Its population is 213,505 (2006). The area of the province covers 12.190 km². Its capital is Guadalajara, where nearly 35% of the province's population lives. There are 288 municipalities in Guadalajara, of which more than three-quarters are villages with populations less than 200.
From 16 July 2005 to 20 July 2005 the province was devastated by a forest fire, known as the Incendio de Guadalajara. Eleven fire fighters died after a blowup. The fire was caused by hikers barbecuing.
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