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Isla Mujeres fights first forest fire of year

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Isla Mujeres firefighters continue to monitor flames and wind direction as they combat a 10-hectare fire.

Merced Ortiz Maya, director of Protección Civil and Bomberos de Isla Mujeres, says that they are continuing to monitor the change in wind direction while battling a 10-hectare forest fire in the community of Francisco May.

As the first fire of the season, all 35 firemen are involved in battling the fire with support from the Directorate of Municipal Public Services, the General Directorate of Public Safety and Municipal Transit, National Forestry Commission and the Mexican Red Cross.

Firemen have dug fire gaps to prevent the spread of the fire while they continue to dose flames.

Other fires around the region already this year have been blamed on irresponsible garbage burning, however, there is no word yet on what started the Francisco May fire.