Oaxaca is the state most affected by fires

During this year, forest fires have affected 242,485 hectares in Mexico, slightly above the average of the decade and equivalent to one and a half times the surface of Mexico City.

According to the most recent National Weekly Report on Forest Fires, with data as of May 16, 5,110 claims have been registered in the country, 26% of them in the State of Mexico.

However, the entity with the largest affected area is Oaxaca, with 38,240 hectares.

The report of the National Forestry Commission (Conafor) indicates that in 12.6% of the total affected area there was a severe impact, with more than 51% of the trees burned, with and an estimated period for recovery over 12 years.

31% of fires were caused intentionally, 22% by agricultural activities and 12% by fires.

The fight against fire has required 194,540 man-days, of which 38% has been contributed by landowners and volunteers, 31% by state and municipal governments and 21% by Conafor.

According to the daily report of the Commission, yesterday at 11:00 a.m., 47 forest fires remained active -13 less than on Friday- and 27 were in the process of liquidation.

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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.