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Forest fires in state significantly decreased this year

Chetumal, Q. R. — The forest fire season in Quintana Roo has been a much slower one compared to last year, say officials.

Rafael León Negrete, manager of the Comisión Nacional Forestal, says that so far this year, the state has registered a total of 5,278 hectares, a decrese of 44.5 percent from January to May of last year.

He says that last year by this time, the state had already fought 9,502 hectares of burned areas.

León Negrete explained that only five of the state’s 11 municipalities have recorded forest fires this year. They have come from José María Morelos, Solidaridad, Cozumel, Benito Juárez and Isla Mujeres adding that Bacalar has the most fires.

He says that of the 35 fought forest fires, Bacalar has already had 15 this year, losing 2,590 hectares of forest and vegetation.

Recent rains along with preventative training has helped reduce the amount of fires this year, he says.