Forest Fires Reduced in Cuba

Forest Fires Reduced in Cuba

27 July 2012

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Cuba– Havana — The Cuban Word Keepers reported that during the first five months of 2012, the so-called dry period of the year, forest fires were reduced in Cuba.

The effectiveness of the campaign against forest fires in the 2011-2012 period was evidenced when 2,865 hectares affected a third of the standard in the last five years, when the annual standard was of almost 10,000 hectares.

This was due to a better organization level by all the institutions, said specialist Maylivis Ynowuje.

A second factor, she said, and mentioned by Cuban Granma newspaper, was the anticipated start of the rains in the second half of April, a different behaviour to what has occurred in the last 10 years.

During the January-May period there were 376 forest fires.

Among the main causes of fires, an expert said 89 percent of the fires were because of negligence.

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