Santa Cruz: Fires affect 1,212,778 acres and there are heat sources in 5 communities

Forest fires in Santa Cruz Department have consumed 1,212,778 hectares of grassland and forests to date, and there are currently active heat sources in five communities, reported government forest fire chief Yovenka Rosado.

He reported that the governorate’s early warning system registered 22 hotspots this morning and 2,484 so far this month, making a total of 23,538 burn spots as of that date of the year.

The communities currently affected by forest fires are San Ignacio de Velasco with three active fires, San Matías has the same number, and San José de Chiquitos, San Rafael and Puerto Suárez have a heat source in each of them.

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“Ask the population to prevent forest fires as the weather conditions will not be favorable. We will see a rise in temperature again and the forecasts indicate that we will not have any significant rainfall in the affected areas.” “said Rosado.

He reported that in the places where there was a fire, brigades were choking on the fires, supported by members of the armed forces and firefighters from each of the places.

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