Fires destroy over 2,500 hectares in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula

10:43, April 21, 2011      

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Five fires in three different municipalities of Quintana Roo state on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula have destroyed more than 2,500 hectares, the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry said on Wednesday.

The worst affected municipalities are Felipe Carrillo Puerto in the Sian Ka An biosphere where 400 hectares have been affected; Benito Juarez in San Pedro where 600 hectares have been affected; the Lazaro Cardenas area in the Costa Rica Lagoon where 1,000 hectares were hit, and in Santa Julia where 450 hectares were destroyed.

Some 500 fire agents of community brigades, 140 agents from the National Forest Commission and six agents from other states are helping to fight the fires, which broke out on April 14.

During a recent visit to the affected zone, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Rafael Quesada said high temperatures, fuel storage and difficult access to the affected areas have complicated the firefighting.

Source: Xinhua
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