Bariloche (Argentina): With temperatures approaching 40 degrees, firefighters mobilized this weekend to tackle wildfires in nine out of Argentina’s 23 provinces, one of which has been active for more than a month and has destroyed nearly 6000 hectares of vegetation, without No casualties or evacuations have taken place to date.
About a hundred firefighters and support personnel, backed by five planes and four helicopters, were facing the most intense of these fires near Lake San Martin in the Nahuel Huapi National Park, near the tourist city of Bariloche (1,500 km southwest of Buenos Aires), according to the National Fire Service. .
“It’s one of the most dangerous fires we’ve seen in the area,” National Fire Service Operations Director Lorena Ojeda told AFP at the site of the blaze that has been raging since December 6 due to lightning.
Ojeda indicated that winds and high temperatures ranging between 35 and 40 degrees “contribute to the continued spread of the fire” with weather forecasts that “the rain may not be enough.”
The fires affected about 5,900 hectares of “indigenous Andean forest”, which includes a mixture of cypress, bamboo and other trees. However, no injuries or evacuations were reported in this rugged and extremely sparsely populated area.
“The fire is 50 kilometers from Bariloche, but there is no danger that an evacuation is necessary at the moment,” firefighters told AFP.
Fires in the forested areas of southern and central Argentina are visible during the summer.