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Soaring temperatures have authorities touring susceptible jungle areas of Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — Due to the ongoing extreme temperatures, authorities in Puerto Morelos continue with forest surveillance tours.

According to the National Meteorological Service (SMN), most of the state continues to record daytime temperatures of  between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius. For this reason, the Government of Puerto Morelos maintains surveillance of areas susceptible to forest fires, said Guillermo Morales López, the Municipal Coordinator of Civil Protection.

The official says that despite the fact that the 2023 forest fire season has officially ended, permanent monitoring is maintained in the jungle areas within the municipality where conflagrations could occur.

People are still being asked not to throw cigarettes at the foot of roads or in weedy areas, avoid using fire as a too and to lift glass bottles that could become heat conductors.

“We have had a lower incidence of forest fires compared to 2022, however, we are in the heat of heat, a season in which the heat tends to intensify according to the reports of the SMN.

“It began on July 24 of this year and will end on August 12, therefore, we will not let our guard down,” said Guillermo Morales.

He reported that this year, 11 forest fires were registered in the demarcation and 15 attempts, affecting approximately 50 hectares of lowland forest in the municipality.

He also pointed out that during the season the fire brigade was formed with 11 volunteers, who worked together with five elements of the Civil Protection Coordination and the H. Fire Department of Puerto Morelos, as well as elements of the National Commission Forest.