Fires in the province of Corrientes were reduced by 70% and only four outbreaks remain active, sources from the Emergency Operations Command (COE) reported yesterday, in a balance regarding the state of the general situation.
The deputy director of Civil Defense, Bruno Lovinson, referred to the situation and explained that “we have a control of fire sources above 70%. The areas that maintain active foci are centered in the areas of Palmar Grande, Loma Linda, Paraje Zapallo, and in the third and fourth sections of the town of San Miguel”, 170 kilometers from the provincial capital. And he added that they have “people in combat in the area of a quadrant from the Capital to Caá Catí and to the south between Route 118 and Route 12.”
On the climatic issue and the rainfall of the last few hours, Lovinson pointed out that “the rains allowed us to move the brigades together with the volunteer firefighters to their areas.”
Given this picture, he estimated that “in 24 or 48 hours we will be able to have total control of the fires since we are much better than a few days ago.”
The rains made it easier for the brigade members to control large sources of fire in the San Alonso area, within the Iberá National Park, a sensitive area where an initiative to protect the jaguar is being developed.
The mayor of the Iberá National Park, Daniel Rodano, stated that “this morning we were able to make a helicopter overflight of the San Alonso area and we verified that last night’s rains had the effect we expected and put out the flames. We are still registering hot zones and places where the fire is still active, but we have the opportunity to rest the brigade members who are fighting and set up an ash guard while we wait for the rains next week.”
The rainfall also made it possible to put out outbreaks in the Iberá Provincial Park, adjacent to the National Jurisdiction Park. “It has already rained about 80 millimeters in the last hours and in the area of Laguna Iberá, in Carlos Pellegrini, there are no longer fires and in the central area of the estuaries, to the east, at this time either,” assured the mayor. of the Iberá Provincial Park, Walter Drews, although he clarified that “in the reservoirs there may be internal fires, that is why there are ash guards and the brigade members stay in case there are signs of fire.”
The latest report from the Corrientes Experimental Station of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) reported that the fire destroyed 934,238 hectares, almost 11% of the provincial territory.
“Satellite evidence indicates a progressive increase in the vegetation cover affected by the fire in Corrientes,” remarked the INTA survey, which stated that “in absolute values, the most affected vegetation cover continues to be the area of the estuaries and other wetlands, going from 245,000 to 275,000 hectares, and the grasslands of the northeast where the burned area doubled, from 18,000 to 40,000 hectares”.
Regarding the areas most devastated by fires in the province, he specified that the most affected department is “Ituzaingó, with more than 173 thousand hectares burned.” In second place is São Tomé, where 108 thousand hectares were taken by fire.
Fortunately, rains have been recorded in the last few hours, which is why the igneous foci have been extinguished in the central-eastern zone, especially in the Iberá marshes, in the central-northeast zone such as Carlos Pellegrini.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development continues to coordinate with the province to carry out actions to strengthen and assist the wildlife rescue team in the context of forest fires.
In this sense, the environmental portfolio advances with the development of a diagnosis of the impact caused by the fire on the flora and fauna through a technical team that moved to Ituzaingó.
There, together with National Parks, researchers from the Institute of Subtropical Biology (IBS) and the Center for Applied Ecology of the Coast (Cecoal) are surveying areas of the Iberá National Park.
They will also assist in the transportation of supplies, medicines, donations and water supply, among other elements.
Finally, the National Commission for Space Activities (Conae) warned yesterday about “alarming values of gases generated by the fire and strong anomalies in the rainfall regime.”
After the activation of a satellite monitoring protocol, the Conae Emergency and Early Warning Unit was able to determine that the air quality of the affected area registers “high values of gases generated by the fire, which impact human health and the global warming, and strong anomalies in the rainfall regime”, according to data prepared from studies carried out with satellite information and meteorological stations on Earth.
From Corrientes it was indicated that more rains are expected for this Tuesday