Mexico City, Mexico — The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the National Forestry Commission (Conafor) report 22 active forest fires in seven states around the country. Officials says that the 22 fires are affecting 643.7 hectares.
Recently, 15 forest fires were liquidated, that is, they are completely out. For the current 22 fires, Conafor reports a total of 464 firefighters are working to battle those flames with the support of other agencies.
The Comisión Nacional Forestal (Conafor) says three forest fires are reported in two Protected Natural Areas. There are two in the CADNR 043 Natural Resources Protection Area in Nayarit State, municipalities of Mezquital and Pueblo Nuevo in Durango and in the Barranca de Cupatitzio National Park, Uruapan municipality in Michoacán.
So far, the affected vegetation is mostly grass and scrub. Even so, to avoid greater risk, the call to not use fire in forest areas is reiterated, since the dry season is expected to be strong. The agency points out that a forest fire is one that occurs within forests, jungles, arid areas or mangroves. Fires in urban areas are attended by Civil Protection.