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Firefighters work to control four active fires on the outskirts of Cancún

Cancun, Q.R. — Cancun firefighters continue to battle at least four fires on the outskirts of the city, keeping brigades from several agencies busy.

The Ayuntamiento de Benito Juárez says personnel of various municipal agencies including Municipal Civil Protection Directorate and the H. Fire Department, continue to try and control the various forest fires that have occurred in the municipality.

The Directorate of Civil Protection reports that currently there are four active conflagrations being fought by members of the National Forestry Commission (Conafor) and volunteer brigades.

The first of these active fires is Maqarat, a 240-hectare fire along the Carretera Cancún-Mérida highway that is 60 percent controlled. Another fire is being fought by brigades located in the ABC area near irregular neighborhoods of Avante, Santa Cecilia, Tres Reyes and El Milagro.

A third burn has been recorded at kilometer 303 of the Cancún-Mérida highway, the extent of which has not yet been accounted for, but which has kept at least five units on site. The fourth conflagration registered as active is along the Cancun-Mérida highway, adjacent to Puerto Morelos.

The Civil Protection Directorate says the pubic can help prevent these types of fires by avoiding littering flammable materials and setting intentional agricultural and garbage burns.