Resources to accelerate firefighting

Since the beginning of last December the fires They continue to be active in different parts of the country, which, already ravaged by fire, receive the support of a State that continues to be late in this matter. For decades, and year after year, Argentina loses thousands of hectares of forests and grasslands, generating an irreversible deterioration in our biodiversity. In this new context the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development it has sent resources to accelerate the fight against the fire, although the voracity of the fire makes these aids insufficient.

There are currently nine active fires and after the declaration, last Wednesday, of “fire emergency”, hundreds of brigade members have been mobilized to prevent fields and forest regions from being consumed.

The high temperatures and winds that the South American country is suffering due to a heat wave contributed to making the tasks of firefighters difficult and to the appearance of more sources of fire. “Climate factors, such as lack of rainfall, high temperatures, low percentage of humidity, constant frosts and strong winds, affect the spread of fire,” they expressed in the bulletin of the national environmental portfolio.

in dialogue with South Time, Sergio Federovisky, Secretary of Environmental Control and Monitoring of the Nation’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, referred to the points of greatest tension and concern, explaining that at this time “the situation is relatively calm, with a very that still persists in the south of Bariloche, in the area of ​​Lake Martín and Steffen, since the end of last year without being able to be completely controlled”, although he pointed out that the outbreaks in other provinces, “demonstrate the seriousness of the situation since Normally it is not a fire season for the Litoral provinces and yet we have fires in Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Misiones”.

The human resource

As we have previously reported, last week a group of brigade members left Santa Cruz to assist and reinforce the fire control lines. Team made up of brigade members from Los Glaciares National Park, Monte León National Park and Tierra del Fuego National Park, fundamental workforce in this context. Consulate on the availability of human resources, Federovisky stated: “Obviously the brigadistas are tired, stressed, they have worked hard and continue to work, but it is our responsibility,” and continued: “We are going to work so that the brigadistas have the best conditions and Have all the means at your fingertips. There is replacement, although it is clear that the system is very stressed as a result of the demand in many places”.

Provinces: Jerk off, but they are alone

In another section of the interview, the national official pointed to the different jurisdictions and remarked: “It would be a good opportunity for the provinces to evaluate, in this critical situation, how to prevent themselves and assemble their teams thinking about future seasons of these characteristics that surely they will come”, and went further by stating that “it will be possible at some point, mainly in the provinces, to take note that the fire is not fought only or mainly at the time of the emergency. If we don’t work in advance, if we don’t work on prevention campaigns, which is much more than handing out flyers or advertising campaigns, we’re not going to move forward. We have to reduce the immense volumes of fuel that exist in the territory, clear the undersides of the high-voltage line, the shoulders, require individuals to manage the tree or coniferous plantations, if we do not do this work we are going to have seasons of these characteristics”.

Asked if as a result of the igneous emergency declared throughout the national territory, with the main emphasis and request by governors of the Patagonia, the national government would allocate new budget items for fire fighting or prevention said: “It is not expected that the provinces will receive budget items, which is what is imagined. New resources will be allocated to the extent necessary,” he concluded.

Brigade members arrive in the affected areas

Update of affected areas

One of the most serious is located on the outskirts of the city San Carlos de Bariloche, andn the province of Río Negro (Patagonia), where it has already consumed more than 6,000 hectares and has been active for a month. The environmental portfolio has sent 97 brigade members, four hydrant planes and one observer, as well as four fire engines and other resources to assist in the fires. In this sense, 800 million pesos (7.7 million dollars) will be provided to the provinces of Río Negro (Patagonia), but also Neuquén (northwest), Chubut (south) and Misiones (north). Today Argentina has an active focus in Chubut, two in the province of Buenos Aires (east); six in San Luis (center); two in Santa Fe (east) and La Pampa (center); another in Salta (north), Formosa (northeast) and another in Mendoza (west). At the moment there is a contained fire in Tierra del Fuego (south), another in Entre Ríos (east), as well as two contained and another controlled in the province of Corrientes (northwest); two contained fires in Catamarca (northwest); another in Neuquén and Córdoba (center).

They claim that 95% of forest fires are the result of human intervention. Among the main causes is the use of fire to prepare grazing areas, land abandonment, campfires and poorly extinguished cigarette butts.

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