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Neuquén fires wipe out 6500 hectares of forest

An estimated 6500 hectares of forest land have been engulfed by fires that hit the province of Neuquén, which according to the mayor of affected city Aluminé are "the worst in history."

Andrés Méndez also explained that a new epicentre for the blaze, by the Paimún lake, "would be contained" by firefighters in the region.

"The fire is of a great magnitude, and I would say much more serious than that of 1987, which had been the biggest of all the fires recorded in the area, Mendéz explained today. The mayor added that until yesterday evening he was in the affected region, working alongside provincial governor Jorge Sapag and the Minister of Energy, Environment and Public Services Guillermo Coco.

"The flames advanced very quickly on Saturday and overcame the southern coast of the lake, entering the area of Pulmarí. A team of earth-movers was working there yesterday and they managed to create an effective barrier, so we predict that today we will be able to make a cut-off in the sector," he explained.

More than 400 firefighters continue working in the area, alongside seven volunteer divisions, to maintain the flames under control.
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