Forest Fires blaze across Western and Southern Belize

Forest Fires blaze across Western and Southern Belize

Over the past week, residents, firefighters, soldiers, and government agencies have been working together to tackle a rash of wildfires that broke out in the South and West. The disasters led to swift action from the government as crops, homes, and wildlife were destroyed and scorched by the flames. Yesterday, in light of the crisis, Prime Minister John Briceno, Minister for NEMO Andre Perez, Toledo West Area Representative Oscar Requena, Minister for Agriculture Jose Mai, and Captain Daniel Mendez, National Emergency Coordinator, flew over the affected areas in Toledo and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in the Cayo District. However, while the PM was in the air monitoring the situation, the media was on the ground with the Minister of Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Orlando Habet, witnessing the efforts that led to the fires being contained and capitalized on. Here’s Vejea Alvarez with that report. 

According to the Forest Department, the latest statistics show that 13,825 hectares of land in the reserve were affected, which is 31.9% of the total landscape.

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