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Mexico: No end to the fires in Jalisco

The fire that took place in the Nevado de Colima Park in Tijuana, which has already burned 11,000 hectares, was deliberate. Authorities say the fire could have been started by avocado and berry producers, as in the last 20 years 12,000 hectares of forest have burned in the Jalisco area and were later occupied by plantations of these fruits.

The degree of environmental damage caused by the has led nearly 38 thousand people to sign a petition on Change.ORG asking authorities not to allow the reclassification of the burnt areas to plant agricultural crops.

According to newspaper reports, there are 232 people working to put out the flames, with 32 vehicles and two aircraft. The National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), the UEPC, as well as several municipalities, including those of Guadalajara and Zapopan, are also fighting the fire.

The petition on the social complaint platform also requests that the origin of the fires be investigated in a clear and transparent manner and that the person or people who caused them be punished to the full extent of the law.

Unfortunately in recent years the forests of the Zapotlan Valley have been dramatically reduced by fires, which has affected the climate balance and the populations located in those territories.


Source: colimanoticias.com 

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