The fire started on Wednesday and since then appropriate measures have been adopted in accordance with the established protocol
The fire continues and may spread. (Photo: ACN)
A small fire was extinguished in the Ojito de Agua Conservation Department, in the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park (PNAH), by the combined forces of the Cuban Ranger Corps of Moa, technical personnel from the Environmental Services Unit of Guantánamo and volunteers worker from around. places.
According to the information note provided by Jesús Martín Pérez, delegate of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) in the eastern province, the focus of the incident is located around the towns of Tres Fiebres and Alto de Cruzata, in the municipalities. in Moa, in Holguín, and Yateras, in Guantánamo, respectively.
The burning of the most important protected area in Cuba and the Insular Caribbean began on Wednesday, January 17, at 9:00 am, and from that moment the appropriate measures were adopted in accordance with the established protocol.
The manager pointed out that until this Friday morning, the fire continues with the possibility of spreading and the damage amounts to four hectares of forest in the mentioned area of PNAH, an area declared as Natural Heritage of Humanity in 2001.
The command post to control the deflagration was activated in the office of the CITMA territorial delegate in Guantánamo, where the air movement data was analyzed and the technical measures for the PNAH protection area were adopted, while staying on the alerts of the Conservation Department nearby in the disaster area.
In Ojito de Agua, the largest forest fire of large proportions recorded in the history of PNAH erupted on April 17 and May 11, 2021, the main nucleus of the protected area of managed resources Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserve , considered a paradise of endemism and biodiversity.
The Cuban Forest Ranger Corps, which belongs to the Ministry of the Interior, reported days later the damage of 1,896 hectares of forest, mainly pine forests (Pinus cubensis Griseb is a species of flowering plant), and pointed to illegal artisanal mining as the cause of the disaster in the country’s largest natural reserve.
Researchers also found on the banks of the Yarey River a rustic dwelling, cans with leftover food, rock samples, human footprints, earthworks and locks used as a source of light and heat.
The forest fire opinion emphasizes that the burning found favorable conditions for its spread due to the lack of rain, high temperature, presence of moderate wind and the sufficient load of fuel material estimated at 45 tons per hectare.