A front of “smoke” advanced this Friday morning over different towns in the province of Buenos Airessuch as San Pedro and Escobar, amid the fires caused in the last week on the Delta islands located in the Paraná River. Finally, after 6:30 p.m., the smell of smoke began to be perceived in the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and in other parts of the AMBA.
“We are suffocated. This is how we woke up with smoke today”, was one of the many comments published by residents of San Pedro this morning, through their accounts on the Twitter platform. The publication reflected an image taken by a security camera, in which the gray column that makes routine and life difficult for the population was exposed. In the afternoon, the visual in the City of Buenos Aires was also affected by the irruption of smoke.
“Caution”, The National Meteorological Service (SMN) pointed out in this scenario through its official Twitter account. “During the next few hours, the northeast of the province of Buenos Aires —including the metropolitan area— and the south of Entre Ríos may have reduced visibility due to smoke”completed the post made after 18.
Then, the SMN advanced: “This situation can be repeated over the weekend if the fires continue”.
In the midst of low visibility, the driver of a truck died, while two men suffered injuries of varying degrees after starring in a chain collision involving three large vehicles, at kilometer 167 of National Route 9, towards the Federal Capital.
In this framework, the SMN made some recommendations for citizens: “Avoid outdoor activities, protect the respiratory tract and eyes, drive slowly, keep your distance and use low beams; in addition to being informed by authorities”.
San Pedro is the site where a base of operations was set up and the Emergency Command Truck (COE) is in operation, from where the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development seeks to combat the fires in the Delta islands.
In the context of the fire unleashed in Paraná, several outbreaks occurred this Friday in the towns of Buenos Aires Zarate (Atucha); Baradero (Gaucho, old Gaucho, Baradero), Talabera Irigoyen Y New house, Saint Ferdinand Y Otamendi (Bell), while in Continent and Baptism the fire was still active, but it was “contained”.
National forestry brigade members and those from different jurisdictions, together with personnel from the provinces of Entre Ríos and Santa Fe, continued to work on the four big hot spots detected in islands of the entrerriana jurisdiction, located in front of the localities of St nicolas, Saint Peter, from the province of Buenos Aires; on islands facing the city of Santa Fe Alvear; and on islands off the entrerriana town of Victory.
The operation also deployed three hydrant planes; three helicopters with buckets and an observer plane (from the SNMF), two helicopters for the transfer of personnel belonging to the Ministry of Defense, a helicopter belonging to the province of Buenos Aires and a National Parks vessel.
According to the National Fire Management Service (SNMF), some four provinces were affected by the phenomenon. In Between riversthe foci that continued in the districts of El Cuadro, Ybicuy, Falso Alsina, Islas, Dormilon and Savio (in Gualeguay) and Laguna chata, Barrancoso and Negro (in Victoria).
The truth is that, of all the combats, in San Nicolás and San Pedro the situation “it is more complicated, we have been working for a long time and the fire does not stop”, he indicated to Telam the Secretary of the Environment of Entre Ríos, Daniela García.
The sources of fire in the rest of the country
According to official data, the towns of Campo de Vallejos in Belgrano, province of saint Louisand Loma Larga, Amabato, in Catamarcaalso recorded active fire sources.
The SNMF survey warned that the outbreaks in the localities are extinguished Jujuy from San Pedro, Santa Bárbara, El Cármen, Ledesma, Tilcara, Palpalá and Doctor Manuel Belgrano.
Other fires that were extinguished are those in San Rafael (Mendoza), and in Córdoba in Colón (El Chorrito) and Santa María (Parque San Juan, former La Marianita).
In Cordovathe outbreaks that affected the towns of Pocho (Mojigasta), Río Segundo (Colazo), Colón (El Chorrito) and Tulumba (Lomita Pelada) are under control and those affecting San Javier (Los Mates) Colón (Los paragliders).
The fires in the Chaco towns of 12 de octubre (Pampas Schimd) and the Catamarca town of Andalgalá (Cuesta la Chilca) are under control.
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