Vice Minister of Civil Defense Juan Carlos Calvimontes reported that after flying over the area on the last day, the fire in the municipality of San Matías is 95% under control, while it is completely extinguished in Roboré and San José de Chiquitos.
“We must now say with great calm that 95% of the fires in the Santa Cruz department have been smothered and controlled,” he said, making it clear that there are small places in San Matías where a creeping fire is still burning, but already in little amount; Roboré and San José de Chiquitos are completely out, but the crews continue to work to be vigilant if the fire can be reactivated.
In an interview with the media, the vice minister pointed out that there were no official reports of the presence of fires in the rest of the department, for which he reiterated that only five percent were left to completely suffocate.
On the other hand, Calvimontes regretted that there are unconscious people who still violate the illegal burns, so yesterday afternoon people were discovered lighting fires in two private houses in the parish of Carmen Rivero Torrez, for which brigades had to fire at night and mobilize part of the morning to contain the fire.
According to the latest information on the incident at 4:00 a.m. this morning, the fire was controlled by fire fighters being transferred to the site by the city government that morning to assist in extinguishing the fire.
He stated that there are currently more than 40 locations where the origins of the fire have been identified, four of which are in criminal proceedings, 20 have submitted technical and legal reports to the Ministry of Public Affairs and the rest are under investigation by the relevant authorities .
According to Vice Minister Calvimontes, more than 60 motorized teams were mobilized from the central level, including trucks, vans, quadratraks and some motorcycles; six aircraft for preventive patrol flights during and after fires; two Super Puma planes to drain more than 60,000 liters of water in nearly 40 missions in different locations; an army helicopter to transport technical equipment to inaccessible places and overflights to fire zones.
Report fires in other departments
The state authority pointed out that there were some fires in the Benish communities of Riberalta and Guayaramerín, which were supervised and controlled by members of the Bolivian Navy.
In Tarija, too, small fires were reported last week in which an attempt was made to set the Chaco on fire, to which the Bundeswehr teams, forest fire brigades, community members and local authorities of the various authorities reacted immediately.
In total, more than 60 fires of various magnitudes had died down in the entire national territory, said the deputy minister.