The authorities indicated that the active outbreaks had been intentionally caused (Télam)
After several videos went viral that captured large columns of smoke coming from the Delta islands in front of the Paraná River, environmental authorities denied that the fire has disappeared, because it is a common practice to clean the area. Likewise, they suggested that the flood could be beneficial to control the flames.
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The representative of the Environmental Observatory of the National University of Rosario (UNR), Néstor Di Leo, explained: “Unfortunately, the practice of lighting the wetland has different objectives, such as cleaning some areas and has never stopped,” indicating that the burning of wetlands is usually carried out to eliminate dangerous animals such as native vipers. “I guess they want to clean up so there aren’t any accidents,” he interpreted.
“There is no rationality for lighting fires, it keeps happening, it never stopped, we should raise awareness,” said the expert, pointing out that forest fires generate significant destruction in nature. Likewise, the specialist pointed out that the areas in which the smoke columns were reported were not related to livestock activities, but rather corresponded to tourist areas.
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During a conversation with Radio 2, Di Leo clarified that the fires were “small”, adding that “they are related to areas where there is tourism on the island such as places used for fishing or spas.” In this way, he compared the size of the outbreaks with those reported in the last three winters, stating that they were “extensive and large” having been caused in areas of agricultural use.
The situation report published on December 9 (SNMF)
The public official stressed that the height that the river reached as a result of the rains that occurred in the last week could be beneficial to contain the outbreaks, since the water levels would contribute to “not so much emerged land and firebreaks are established to that it does not spread strongly.”
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In parallel, the National Fire Management Service (SNMF) reported that throughout the day of December 9, the only one that remains active is located in the town of Fray Mamerto Esquiú, in Catamarca, while the flames started in Loventué (La Tranquila), La Pampa, and in the Córdoba towns of Minas (La Higuera), Colón (Quebrada de la Cancha – La Calera) and San Alberto (San Lorenzo) were controlled. In addition, the outbreak located in Fatalaufquén (Cañadon del Borquez), in Chubut, was extinguished.
According to the information collected by Télam, the national organization highlighted that the indices showed that 95 percent of the forest fires that are detected are usually caused by citizens. Although the case of the Delta islands would break with the norm, the SNMF pointed out that one of the main causes would be the burning of grasslands and land to prepare the area for grazing.
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The rest of the reasons that were listed by the national entity are the abandonment of land, the creation of bonfires and the discarding of cigarette butts that had not been extinguished. Likewise, they explained that the climatic factor is a detail that has a great impact on the spread of forest fires, because the lack of rain, high temperatures, low percentage of humidity, constant frosts and strong winds contribute to causing new ones. spotlights.
On the other hand, one of the areas that would be at potential risk of registering new fire spots would be Mar del Plata and the rest of the Buenos Aires district of General Pueyrredón. According to the National Meteorological Service (SMN), the Forest Fire Meteorological Index will be very high during the day on Sunday and Monday.
As a result of the warnings, the Municipality of Mar del Plata issued a statement in which they asked citizens “not to burn grasslands, pruning remains or waste,” and added: “Do not throw cigarette butts out of windows or balconies.” In the event that bonfires were lit in permitted areas, the authorities stressed that citizens check that they are put out correctly, as well as requesting not to throw garbage on vacant land.