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Poachers and agricultural burns said cause of state’s 22 forest fires already this year

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The state of Quintana Roo has already recorded 22 forest fires this year, a figure that exceeds last year’s numbers. Alfredo Suarez Camacho, director of the State Civil Protection Coordination says more than 2,500 hectares have been burned so far this season.

“So far we have a total of 22 forest fires that have impacted the state of Quintana Roo, and of these 22, we have four in the municipality of Tulum, three in Solidaridad, one in Isla Mujeres, three in Bacalar and one in Puertos Morelos for an affected total area of 2,566 hectares.

“Compared to 2021, there are already six more fires than last year,” he detailed.

Suarez said that most of the fires have been caused by poachers or agricultural burns without proper surveillance.