Due to dry weather and expected strong winds, the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies, IDEA activated a red alert on wildfires in more than 90 percent of Caesar’s municipalities; Of the 25 municipalities that make up the department, 20 present the most risk.
Aguachica, Augustine Codazi, Calf, Chimi, Chiriguana, Curumani, Gonzalez, The Glory, The Dog of Iberico, Palitas, Playa, Beautiful Town, Golden River, St. Albert, San Diego, St. Martin, El Copi, Peace, Manoir and Valledupar , there are municipalities on red alert.
In view of this, Odasir Camargo, head in charge of the Caesar Risk Management Office, said that once the idiom report on fire risks in areas of pastures, crops and forests became known, actions were implemented and the emergency caused by it Launched for the prevention of conditions. This type of arson. “We have appointed mayors, we have provided a link so that they can periodically review the hot spots that are reflected permanently,” the official said.
In the past week, a state of emergency due to wildfires was included in the Canadian village of Manaure, under the jurisdiction of Serranía del Perija; and, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, about 100 hectares were affected near the El Alguécil hill; Support from the National Army and the Risk Management Offices of Pueblo Bello and Valledupar was essential in the communities of Gamec and Nabucimec.
The dry season will last until March, therefore, officials recommend being vigilant and avoiding burns that, although believed to be small or easy to control, strong winds increase the risk.
“Most of these fires are man-made. We are experiencing very strong winds today, any fire that is lit, such as a socola or controlled burn that farmers do before plowing the land, can create an emergency,” Caesar Emergency Office leader he said.
He asked the community, farmers, people passing through the area not to leave glass, aluminum, plastic containers, wrappers or garbage which act as elements to concentrate solar radiation and generate fire. Also, report immediately in case of fire and do not let it escalate to reporting.