“To this day, about 34 fires have been registered, and over 831,000 hectares have been affected. Through Decree No. 322, I declare a Departmental Disaster due to Forest Fires and Drought; to protect the life, the Natural Heritage, as well as the economic resources of Santa Cruz,” Ruben Costas, Governor of Santa Cruz, tweeted.
About 37 % of Santa Cruz territory is vulnerable to the blazes because of low humidity, high temperatures, and a harsh drought in that northern region. Besides, local authorities filed up over 400 sanctions against arsonists.
Despite prohibitions, local farmers frequently start fires to clear fields for planting season. There are other 17 denounces of intentional burning and five detainees under pyromania charges.
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Costas requested Defense Minister Luis Fernando Lopez for human resources and material aid to suffocate the fires. Lopez insisted that about a hundred firemen would collaborate with local law enforcement on that purpose.
The authorities are concerned that the arsons would affect native fauna, especially the Paraba Azul, a yellow and blue parrot. Also, about a hundred families live in the location of the fires.
In the same period of 2019, Santa Cruz reported several fires in about four million hectares.