This Friday, January 1, around 7 p.m., social media users reported a fire on the slope of the Iztaccíhuatl volcano within the territory of the State of Mexico. The precise location of the fire is the Nahualac area, in the municipality of Tlalmanalco.
According to Samuel Gutiérrez Macías, in charge of the Civil Protection operations management at Edomex, Personnel from Conafor (National Forestry Commission), Probosque (Protectora de Bosques del Estado de México) and the ejido of Tlalmanalco came to the site to try to control the flames. In interview with the television news, Newscast, the official explained that those who came to the site divided into two brigades to drown the fire from two fronts.
On the one hand, he said, they managed to control the fire “to 50%. So, right now in the evening we stopped the work issue, but tomorrow morning we will continue with this to continue putting down this fire ”. He justified the cessation of work by explaining that there are no risks to the population because no one lives in the surroundings since it is “a very high part of Iztaccíhuatl.”
The official explained that the agencies on the site had not disclosed the extent of the incident, but insisted on the work they did to control it.
The director of Probosque, Grabriel Mena published in his account Twitter what, At around 10 p.m., the forest fire had been stopped at the height of the ejido and there was still work to suffocate it in the upper part, at the height of the National Park.
One of the users who reported the fire on social networks is former President Felipe Calderón. The Michoacan politician published two photos of the event and wrote: “The fire is now spreading over a wide area of the Iztaccíhuatl forest reserve. A tragedy”.
The Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park is one of the largest green areas in the Valley of Mexico. There is the Los Volcanes Biosphere Reserve, that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization designated as a protected area in 2010.
On one side of this volcano Popocatepetl registered an explosion and 106 exhalations during the first day of the year.
With this incident, the State of Mexico closed 2020 and opened 2021 with fires. On Thursday, December 31 in the afternoon, the residents of Alfredo del Mazo Avenue and 23 Norte Street in Valle de Chalco, State of Mexico reported a fire in a warehouse in the area. The emergency elements were mobilized immediately to control the fire, which was also located next to a gas station.
According to the reports, the fire originated in a box warehouse, so it grew rapidly and left the control of the municipal firefighters. Personnel from other municipalities came to the site with water pipes to help control the flames.
The firefighters evacuated the neighboring houses and, when the fire reached the vicinity of the gas station, they set up a fence so that people who came to see would not be injured in the event of an explosion.
Around 9 p.m., the flames had already been almost completely controlled. Emergency personnel could not find the cause of the fire, but began to remove debris.
Intense start to the year for the Popocatépetl Volcano: it registered an explosion and 106 exhalations
Edomex started 2021 with an environmental contingency due to poor air quality in Toluca and Santiago Tianguistenco