Cuba recovers from the biggest forest fire in 2021

11 March 2021
CUBA – Havana (Prensa Latina) Cuba is recovering today from the largest forest fire this year, which devastated about 340 hectares in Manuel Tames municipality, in the eastern province of Guantanamo and endangered endemic species.

According to local newspaper Granma, the fire, which started naturally in early March in the area known as Alto del Zorzal, damaged forests, bird shelters, reptiles and other wildlife.

Rafael Wilson, a specialist in forest protection of the Guantanamo Forest Ranger Corps, told Granma about the incident: ‘The ecological niche of the birds was broken.’

In this sense, he warned that the fire took place when the courtship, selection of couples, mating and reproduction of these species was just beginning.

Other specimens threatened by the flames were the bees, the conga hutia and the Santa Maria snake (chilabothrus angulifer).

The fire is now under control and the area is under observation, the newspaper said.


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