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Forest firefighters continue to battle state flames

Cancun, Riviera Maya — Authorities say they continue to monitor forest fire sites from the 170 firefighters that have been actively working to put out flames around the state.

The largest of them was the 3,100 hectare fire at Muyil located in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Nature Reserve in the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. In a press release, officials say the fire is 100 percent contained with firefighters noting it should be completely out by Saturday.

Two other fires have kept firemen busy with one being in the municipality of Benito Juárez at el fraccionamiento which broke out off Avenida Guayacán. The five-hectare fire is still burning but considered under control.

Another is el laurel located in Bacalar. Officials say about 60 percent of that 80-hectare fire is controlled.

Authorities of the administration of Carlos Joaquín in coordination with the Federation and the Municipalities will continue to monitor the sites, even those that have been considered extinguished.

Centro Estatal de Control de Incendios Forestales reported that 170 firefighters from various organizations, including Civil Protection and volunteers, continue to work to battle the active fires around the state.

Alfredo Arellano Guillermo, Secretary of Ecology and Environment reported that so far this year, there have been eight forest fires in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco, two in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, four in José María Morelos, two in Solidaridad, three in Benito Juárez, one in Isla Mujeres, 14 in Bacalar and six in Puerto Morelos.