Mexico sends firefighters to California to fight fires

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Mexico will send a hundred firefighters to California (USA) who will collaborate with the authorities of the neighboring state in their fight to control the fires that have kept the US west coast in suspense since August.

The firefighters, coming from different parts of Mexico, will land in the town of San Bernardino on Wednesday and will remain 14 days under the coordination of the US Forest Service, which is currently trying to extinguish the 27 outbreaks in California and the state of Oregon that have devastated an area equivalent to almost the entire territory of Puerto Rico and left the less 26 fatalities.

On your first assignment, the team will join the unit in charge of protecting the Sequoia National Park, which has been threatened for days by the proximity of the flames of the fire known as “SQF Complex Fire”.

This fire has burned over 58,000 hectares, of which only 33% could be contained according to the latest update.

Also, the flames have devoured some 200 buildings, many of which correspond to homes.

On August 24, the Mexican National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) made more than 220 combatants and technical personnel trained under international standards at the disposal of the US authorities.

Days later, the United States National Interagency Firefighting Center requested 5 brigades of 20 people and a bilingual technical liaison, including 4 women, confirmed CONAFOR.

For the moment, some 19,000 firefighters work to control fires reported in California and Oregon.

In Los Angeles, the proximity of the flames to a residential area that contains about 1,000 homes makes the fire baptized as “Bobcat Fire” be one of the most worrying.

He “Bobcat Fire” is already one of the biggest fires in Los Angeles history after exceeding 44,000 hectares of extension, about 109,000 acres, of which they have managed to contain 30% thanks to the improvement in climatic conditions during the last hours.

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