Mexico, Apr 2 (EFE) .- The Mexican Air Force, dependent on the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), in coordination with the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development, carried out the aspersion of silver iodide in the clouds, through an aircraft, to cause rains on municipalities in the state of Nuevo León and thus extinguish a forest fire.
In a statement, both agencies reported this Friday that due to a forest fire that affected the aforementioned areas since March 16, the Sedena has deployed 391 military elements, 28 vehicles and three aircraft to control and extinguish the fire, including the specially equipped aircraft.
For its part, the Defense indicated that it used a King Air 350i plane that it equipped “with a sprinkler system, in order to collaborate with the work carried out by civil and military authorities in fighting the fire.”
The aircraft, with specialized personnel on board, took off from Military Air Base number 14 located in Apodaca, Nuevo León, and flew over the municipalities of Santiago Linares and Montemorelos in the same entity.
On its way, and as part of the plan, the plane “discharged 100 liters of silver iodide in acetone solution that, when interacting with the weather conditions derived from Cold Front number 47, generated rains in the area, which contributed to the suffocation of the fire”.
The report noted that the meteorological conditions reported on March 31 “lent themselves to the reagent acting, detonating the precipitation and sustaining the supply of moisture that allowed the extinction of the flames.”
This despite prevailing hot conditions on the ground and the surrounding atmosphere for long enough to accomplish the goal of putting out the fire.
On the other hand, this Friday, the National Forestry Commission (Conafor) reported that to this day 54 active forest fires have been registered in 18 states of the country, with a preliminary area affected 30,422 hectares.
He specified that 13 forest fires are reported in 12 Protected Natural Areas.
Conafor indicated that 2,864 combatants work in responding to the fires, including Conafor personnel and other entities.
In addition, it reported a total of 17 liquidated fires, that is, they no longer represent a risk of spreading the fire.
Mexico registered 1,684 forest fires from January 1 to March 11, affecting a total of 29,559 hectares, the third largest area in a decade, according to the Commission.
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