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Out of control forest fire gets four families in municipality of Tulum evacuated

Tulum, Q.R. — Four homes in the municipality of Tulum were evacuated Friday due to an ongoing forest fire. Families living in the Martize zone in the southern part of the municipality were evacuated after a 15-day-old brush fire was deemed out of control.

Jaqueline Martínez Barrios, Coordinator of Civil Protection for Tulum, reported the evacuation of the families Friday by the National Forestry Commission. She said they removed the families due to the growing size of the fire which has already consumed an area of four kilometers.

“In view of the fact that the rear part of the private land of Maritez has been burning for 15 days, we felt the need to evacuate some houses,” she said adding that Conafor brigades are working to create a fire guard line to try and contain the blaze.