Solidaridad loses 6,260 hectares to wildfires

Cancun, Q.R. – Forest fires continue to ravage the state of Quintana Roo from Cancun to Chetemel.

According to data issued by the National Centre for Prevention and Control of Forest Fire Control, the municipality of Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen) ranks first for devastation by wildfires, losing 6,260 hectares between September 2014 and May 2015.

Bacalar ranks second after having almost 960 hectares scorched, while Benito Juarez is third with 774 hectares of land lost to wild fires.

There are still several forest fires burning in the region.

In the state there have been 63 forest fires causing damage to 4,139 hectares of land of which 4,098 hectares was shrub vegetation, 30 acres of mature trees and 12 hectares of pasture.

The National Centre for Prevention and Control of Forest Fire Control says the main cause of the fires were poor agricultural practices, followed by careless smokers.

The State Center for Forest Fire Control of Quintana Roo explains that a wildfire is different than other types of fire for its wide extent and vast speed at which it spreads from its place of origin. Wildfires have a lot of power and the ability to change direction unexpectedly by forced winds. They also have the ability to overcome obstacles such as roads, rocks, rivers and other natural firewalls.

Wildfires in the state of Quintana Roo are fought by the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) and Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) as well as landowners and volunteers.

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