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Second wildfire in a week threatens José María Morelos homes

José María Morelos, Q.R. — Another wildfire that threatened José María Morelos homes was successfully extinguished. Flames were quick to spread across the dry flat terrain Thursday, leaving residents to scramble for water hoses while they waited for firemen.

Elements of the Fire Department worked into the night Thursday to put out the fire that consumed several hectares. The fire happened outside the community of Kantemó in the municipality of José María Morelos.

Germán Pineda Castillo from the JMM fire department called it a “titanic task”, referring to battling the fast moving fire that was fanned by strong winds. He said they arrived with their one and only firetruck but had help from residents farmers who made waterlines available.

According to Castillo, it was around 10:00 p.m. when the afternoon fire was finally considered out. A cause for the latest municipal wildfire is not known.

Firemen were helped by farmers who provided water to put out the wildfire. Photo: May 9, 2024.

It is the second wildlife in less than a week to threaten José María Morelos homes. Last week, a four-hectare section of land that ran parallel to the highway was scorched, taking it municipal phone and internet services.