Cuba Works to Prevent Fires

Cuba Works to Prevent Fires

21 February 2012

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Cuba — The Corps of Cuban Forest Rangers has taken several actions to prevent the occurrence and spread of forest fires across the country, mainly in the months of highest incidence of fires.

Cuba’s national campaign against forest fires takes place from January 1 to May 31, a period that is considered the most dangerous due to adverse conditions.

Specialists with the Corps of the Forest Rangers told the newspaper Juventud Rebelde that the priority is to prevent, so they focus on staff training, cohesion of working groups and promotion.

On the other hand, since the forest rangers urge all landowners to build fire trails and green belts, and encourage them to maintain roads to halt the flames.

In 2011, Cuba reported more than 20,000 hectares damaged, direct losses of about 22 million pesos, and a record of 695 fires in the first five months of the year, accounting for 96 percent of the fires during the entire year.

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