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Forest firefighters battling flames in Tulum and Bacalar

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — State officials continue with their battle against two forest fires in southern regions of the state. A fire in the municipality of Tulum and another in the municipality of Bacalar has kept Quintana Roo firefighters busy.

The State Fire Management Center in Quintana Roo (CEMF) reported that in Tulum, the fire occurred in Los Tres Cenotes to the northwest of the town. To date, the fire affected area of 35 hectares of bush vegetation with 60 percent of the fire controlled and 50 percent liquidated.

In Bacalar, a forest fire was reported in the north near the community of Caanán. That fire so far has burned 20 hectares of bush. Forest fire officials report flames are 70 percent controlled and 50 percent liquidated.

They also reported that on Tuesday, another forest fire was extinguished in that same municipality in the Río Verde – Nuevo Tabasco area, with 66 hectares of bushes affected.

State forest fire officials from the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment in coordination with the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) and municipal volunteers, are working to control the remaining two fires that started March 30.

CEMF says 60 forest firefighters are battling the fires in Tulum and Bacalar. Photo: CGC April 2, 2024.

According to Centro Estatal de Manejo de Fuego en Quintana Roo (CEMF), 60 firefighters are battling the state’s two forest fires.