Image default

Forest fires in Boyacá: firefighters control emergency in páramo – Other Cities – Colombia

Authorities are trying to control a forest fire that has been active for eight days and has consumed more than 500 hectares of the upper part of the Las Alfombras páramo, in surroundings of the municipalities of Tota and Aquitania, in Boyacá.

According to Manuel Fernando Castellanos, director of the Departmental Risk Prevention Unit, As of this Wednesday, the departmental fire department has been trying to stop the flames.

“There have been other fires, but for now the one near Tota and the one in Boyacá remain active. The largest is in an area that is difficult to access, which is why we have already requested air support,” Castellanos said.

(Also: They assassinate a social leader in Tibú, Norte de Santander).

The director of the unit also pointed out that there are 60 municipalities on red alert and 33 on yellow.

(It may interest you: Serious forest fire sets off alarms in the Cauca indigenous reservation).

Emergency in Cesar due to forest fires

The alert for possible forest fires remains in Cesar. The most affected area is El Cerro Alguacil, jurisdiction of Pueblo Bello (Cesar). where the conflagration devastated 100 hectares of native forest, which was controlled with the help of a group of soldiers who serve in this area of ​​the department.

In Valledupar, fires have also been recorded in recent days, especially in mounted lots located north of this town.

According to the report of the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM), the municipalities with a high risk of forest fires are: Aguachica, Agustín Codazzi, Becerril, Chimichagua, Chiriguaná, Curumaní, González, La Gloria, La Jagua de Ibirico, Pailitas, Pelaya, Pueblo Bello, Rio de Oro, San Alberto, San Diego, San Martin and Valledupar. With less risk, but under observation, are El Copey, La Paz and Manaure.

Odacir Camargo, head in charge of the Departmental Office for Departmental Disaster Risk Management, activated a permanent monitoring protocol, while ordering the uninterrupted provision of information and advice to the authorities of these municipalities so that they correctly apply the strategies forest fire prevention.

(Also read: The teacher who as a child dreamed of giving a school to his neighborhood and fulfilled it).

The causes that generate this type of conflagration is the lack of rain and the high temperatures that have been registered since last December in the northern rural area of ​​Valledupar.

To deal with the impact of this year’s dry season, a Departmental Council of Irrigation Managementwhere mayors, relief agencies, environmentalists and the departments of Environment, Agriculture and Government of the Department participated.

During the meeting, the risk levels of each municipality and the effects that forest fires could generate were analyzed in order to apply the correct protocols.

“The corresponding requirements were made to the mayors and coordinators of these dependencies of each municipality, so that in the shortest possible time they articulate and promote the actions established in the risk reduction program, which establishes mitigation and prevention measures that are adopted with advance notice to reduce threats or minimize damage caused by forest fires,” Camargo stressed.

More Colombian news

The mother’s drama in Cali for authorities to search for her missing son

The pain that overwhelms Nariño for the murder of a renowned journalist

Air Force reports that “object similar to a balloon” flew over the Colombian sky


Related Articles

Cell phone charger would have caused an apartment fire in Neiva • La Nación


It is surprising that the bridge fell when military cars passed – Cali – Colombia


air support is busy in mining strike – Teleantioquia


Leave a Comment


Sign up with your email address to receive tips and updates
Terms and Conditions apply
Click Me
Translate »