ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/EDITOR
Several Government instances and volunteers, who are part of the Fire Manage State Center (CEMF in Spanish) of Baja California, are fighting the wildfire #70 of the current season in the area of Bakarta Ranch, located near Guadalupe Valley, said Jose Salvador Cervantes Hernandez, the State’s Civil Protection director.
“This has been a complicated season, since there have been more than 70 forest and wild fires, the ground is dry and there are several meadows in that condition so we recommend people not to start camp fires of any kind in order to avoid high impact fires, unfortunately most of these fires are caused by the hand of man and are avoidable”, said Mr. Cervantes.
The fire was reported at about 13:30 hours last Saturday, October 2, through the observation tower of San Antonio de las Minas camp, and they communicated to the CEMF by firefighters from the aforementioned observation tower, so they have been working for two days and the fire has been contained, not suppressed but it won’t affect any other areas, according to Cervantes.
“We arrived to the fire area Saturday at 14:05 and from that moment we have worked intensely all around the perimeter, unfortunately there have been wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour and 95 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures, so far we have controlled 45%, liquidated 33%, 40 acres of adult trees, about 6 thousand acres of bush and 600 acres of weeds, all of which were burning”, said the Chief of the CEMF.
As of this press release, there are two active fire fronts, one in the Command Center which was set up at EL Moor Ranch in the kilometer 85 of the Ensenada-Tec ate highway, one of those fire fronts is advancing towards Sierra Blanca and San Antonio Necua (an indigenous community) and the other one is going back towards Ex Ejido Ruiz Cortines, in the city of Ensenada outskirts.
According to the last reports the amount of firefighters working in the Bakarta Ranch fire are: 68 from the Mexican Army, 31 Municipal firefighters, 16 men from the National Forest Commission, 14 from Ensenada, 14 from Tecate, 11 rural brigades, 9 volunteers, 3 officers from Tijuana and two people from the State Government.