Cuba — Cuba registered more than 400 forest fires in 5,267 hectares of woods and 2,340 hectares of swamp grasslands, and another 566 in pasture lands, and sugar cane and fruit tree plantations from January until the first half of April. According to an article published by Granma newspaper, the hardest hit provinces were Pinar del Rio, Camaguey and the Isle of Youth special municipality, accounting for 45% of all the fires reported.
The article affirms that more than 80% of the fires were the result of negligent actions by smokers and passers-by, and by the sparks of vehicles and agriculture machinery.
Recently, in the central province of Matanzas, there was a forest fire of large scale that resulted in economic losses of more than 190,000 Cuban pesos and tons of toxic substances such as carbon dioxide and monoxide sent to the atmosphere.
In order to reduce the occurrence of these disasters, the Forest Rangers Corps has restricted the use of fire during April, which historically records the highest rate of fires in these areas, and has urged the people to observe measures to avoid these fires.