December 7, 2013
Córdoba, San Luis faced with spread of wildfire, hundreds evacuated
Wildfire in Córdoba province was heading deeper into already destroying 15-20 thousand hectares of forest and grasslands. 450 people have been evacuated with Calamuchita among the most affected areas.
Hundreds of firefighters continued to battle the flames hitting the province of Córdoba in Argentina’s Northern region since the weekend. As strong temperatures, drought and strong winds makes brigades’ work difficult, the National Meteorological Service forecasted rain is only expected to come between Thursday and Friday.
Córdoba’s Social Development Minister Daniel Passerrini confirmed one person has resulted injured so far and 450 were forced to evacuate their homes due to the intense fire.
According to the official information, Calamuchita, located between Villa Alpina and Yacanto 120 km south of the city of Córdoba, is the most affected area.
Fire firefighting aircrafts and helicopters have been deployed to assist emergency teams but the strong winds and climate conditions turn the job too difficult.
District attorney Alejandro Caballo ordered the detention of one person allegedly responsible of starting the fire. First versions say the suspect was working with faulty equipment leading an old tractor leaking oil to trigger off the fire.
Flames were also reaching out the San Luis province where Governor Claudio Poggi has declared the state of emergency. In the Northern city of Merlo, the fire started last week killing two young men.