Volcán de Fuego ("Volcano of Fire") is an active stratovolcano in Guatemala. It sits about 20 miles (16 kilometers) from the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, one of the Guatemala’s most famous tourist attractions. It has erupted frequently since the Spanish conquest. "Fuego" is famous for being almost constantly active at a low level. Smoke issues from its top daily, but larger eruptions are rare. On August 9, 2007 Fuego erupted spewing lava, rock and ash. Guatemala's volcanology service reported that seven families were evacuated from their homes near the volcano. The volcano is joined with Acatenango and collectively the complex is known as La Horqueta. A new round of activity began on 19 May 2012, with lava flows and ejections of ash.
On September 13, 2012, the volcano once again began spewing lava and ash, prompting officials to begin "a massive evacuation of thousands of people" in five communities. More specifically, the evacuees, roughly 33,000 people, left nearly 17 villages near the volcano. It spewed lava and pyroclastic flows about 2,000 feet (600 meters) down the slope of the volcano.