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Massive wildfire at Parque Ecológico Xochimilco officially controlled

Xochimilco, México City — The massive wildfire that affected the pastures of the Parque Ecológico Xochimilco and the Ciénega Grande on Wednesday has been controlled in its entirety.

According the the Xochimilco mayor’s office, the fire, which began around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday affecting approximately 40 hectares of land, was completely contained by 11:00 p.m. that evening.

Mayor José Carlos Acosta said, “We still do not know exactly what caused the fire, but what we know that it started inside the Ecological Park and from there it ran to the pasture area and to another point toward Ciénega Grande which is opposite the park.”

The office says that so far, they detect dry conditions and high temperatures to be the cause.

The fire, which quickly spread to the Ciénega Grande, was brought under control by elements of Protección Civil Xochimilco as well as the General Directorate of the Commission of Natural Resources and Rural Development, the General Directorate of the System of Protected Natural Areas and firefighters from the Ministry of National Defense.

The mayor said no casualties were reported, nor was there any damage to homes or property since the fire did not spread to urban areas.