Mexico: Forest fires destroy nearly half of drought-stricken states

Mexico: Forest fires destroy nearly half of drought-stricken states

More than 21,422 acres (8,669 hectares) of land have been ravaged.

Forest fires raged throughout nearly half of Mexico's drought-stricken states last Monday, gradually increasing by high winds.

On Friday, 29 March, the National Forestry Commission reported 126 active fires in 19 states, including protected nature areas in Morelos, Veracruz and Mexico.

The impacted area is estimated to be more than 21,422 acres (8,669 hectares), according to the commission's post on the social media site X (formerly Twitter). At least 8,180 firefighters have been deployed to combat the fires.

“In a coordinated manner, nearly 8,200 firefighters from municipal, state and federal governments, as well as forest owners are working on 126 active Forest Fires. If you go out in the field, do not use fire." the post read.

Authorities reported no injuries, but at least several residences were destroyed by a wildfire in Nogales, Veracruz on Monday. A fire swept over mountain farms, destroying livestock and charring houses. At least five families have been relocated to a shelter.

Firefighters used a water tanker to battle the fires in their fields, while villagers used branches to do the same.

Mexico: Forest fires destroy nearly half of drought-stricken states

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