In claromecó and sierra de los padresWednesday, January 8, 2014
Fires in Buenos Aires province are controlled
Fires in Buenos Aires province were finally brought under control yesterday, reported officials from Coronel Dorrego, Claromecó (Tres Arroyos) and Sierra de los Padres, although they warned that there were still some small areas where fires were raging and had yet to be extinguished.
Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli yesterday flew over Claromecó and Coronel Dorrego and said that the province has all the necessary logistics to control the flames in the affected areas.
“Once the fire is quenched, we will evaluate the damage and we’ll give all the support necessary so that residents can replace what they lost,” Scioli said after praising the firefighter’s “heroic attitude.” Scioli visited the area along with Tres de Febrero Mayor Carlos Sánchez and his Coronel Dorrego counterpart, Fabián Zorzano.
Tres Arroyos Security Secretary Ricardo Magrath explained that the fire that began in the Claromecó national forest was under control but highlighted that they were still on alert. He added that urban residents should not fear any recurrence of the fires. No victims were reported, though fear spread among some residents and tourists, he added.
“The affected area was a forestry zone,” Magrath explained.
The fire began late on Monday at Sierra de los Padres, 15 kilometres from Mar del Plata. Firefighters estimated that the fires devastated around 1,000 hectares.
General Pueyrredón Mayor Gustavo Pulti said that the situation was controlled but admitted that there were still flames in three areas. Fires in Sierra de los Padres spread rapidly, reaching to 2,000 metres from the urban zone, one of the most visited during summer holidays.
Herald with DyN