Blaze scorches university’s nature preserve in Mexico City

Blaze scorches university’s nature preserve in Mexico City

05 January 2011

published by latino.foxnews.com


Mexico — A fire burned about 15 hectares (37 acres) of grass and shrubs at a National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, nature preserve in the southern section of the capital, but no one was injured, a fire department spokesman told Efe.

The fire started around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday and quickly spread through the dry grass and pastures, making it difficult for firefighters to bring under control.

The fire started in an uninhabited area far away from UNAM’s buildings, the fire department spokesman said.

Emergency management office personnel and UNAM emergency services department workers also helped fight the fire.

The preserve is a conservation area used “as a living laboratory for research, teaching and spreading knowledge,” the UNAM Web site says.


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