Argentina: Fire Grows in Cordoba and there are 200 people evacuated

The main focus is on the Punilla Valley area. It covers 50 square kilometers.

From the air. Eight air tankers and two helicopters are assisting firefighters in the province of Cordoba.

From the air. Eight air tankers and two helicopters are assisting firefighters in the province of Cordoba.

Forest fires unleashed on Thursday in the mountains of Cordoba do not stop and had to be evacuated yesterday preventively about 200 people in the Valley of Punilla, to prevent smoke and fire affect their health and their homes. About 500 firefighters with 60 fire engines volunteers, supported by eight air tankers and two helicopters working across the province, but focus mainly on the loose in Punilla, which “has an area of ​​50 square kilometers,” said the minister of Government Córdoba, Carlos Caserio.

Although no official figures of hectares affected by fire in 2011 from the Province that would have allowed unofficially surpassed the 10,300 acres burned in 2010. In 2009 some 121,000 hectares were burned, and other 61,000 hectares in 2008. Cordoba Environmentalists note with concern: “We only have 4% of native forests”.

Grassland fire and intense smoke affected areas yesterday Cosquín mountain, Valle Hermoso, La Falda, Villa Giardino, La Cumbre, Los Cocos, and the so-called “Road of the Artisans.” With the evacuation is to avoid road accidents by zero visibility.

Out of control. The fire of smoke generated intense grazing.

Out of control. The fire of smoke generated intense grazing.

Photo Source : Puntal (http://puntal.com.ar)

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