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5 tons of garbage burns at Isla Holbox

Holbox, Q.R. — Approximately five tons of garbage has been consumed by fire at a Holbox dump. The fire, which is believed to have been intentionally set to make room for more garbage, is near the Protected Natural Area.

Reports say that 32,000 of the dump’s 40,000 square meters was at capacity. The fire was registered Sunday night with elements of Lázaro Cárdenas Civil Protection sending firefighters from the agency Monday to douse flames.

Head of the agency, Alex Eroza Betancourt, reported that there were more than 5 tons consumed by the fire. He acknowledged that indicators show the fire was likely intentional despite the fact that the island is located in the Yum Balam flora and fauna reserve.

The official said that the flames were 80 percent smothered and controlled, however, firefighters will remain on the island until it has been completely suffocated to prevent the flames from being “rekindled” by the wind and becoming a danger.

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