The fire that broke out in the Cerro Ancasti, Catamarca, did not stop all night and 700 hectares have already been registered as a result of the wildfire what is in the area. According to the authorities, it all started in the mountain range, where the llamas they grew between the dry grasslands and, with the collaboration of the high temperatures, they did not stop until today.
The department of Valle Viejo was also affected, although to a lesser extent. According to the National Weather Service (SMN), next Monday could arrive the rain to the area, so until then the fire brigade Foresters must continue with their work to protect the stallholders in the area that were affected by the forest fires As reported ElAconquija.
In addition to this, Civil Defense, Catamarca Police, personnel from the Municipality of El Alto and neighbors fight against the flames to prevent their advance, although throughout the day were unable to work regularly because the incessant heat harmed them. As if this were not enough, the wind of last morning intensified the flames and the wildest advance of the last hours was seen.
The request of the Brigade before the advance of the fire
The situation in Catamarca is so complex that the authorities asked the residents not to use, or in the best of cases to do so with extreme caution, the Provincial Route No. 2 since the fire reached there and there are crews of firefighters working in the area, which is affected by the smoke which reduces visibility and could cause accidents.
In addition to this, they reiterated the request not to burn in any part of the territory since the heat could open a new source of fire. It is so important to take this prevention that they assure that “it is being risk the safety of the personnel” who is also affected because the “weather conditions are the worst”.