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Uruguayan firefighters to extinguish wildfires

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Uruguayan firefighters to extinguish wildfires

Montevideo, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) The National Director of Firefighters of Uruguay, Ricardo Riaño, informed today that the forest fires in more than 22 000 hectares are under control, but not extinguished, with at least 30 fires to be fought.
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He said that this arduous work will continue for several days, since there are extensive areas to be covered in the affected departments of Rio Negro and Paysandu.

Riaño affirmed that in the 33 years that he has been in the institution he has never known of a fire of such magnitude and affected area.

“What remains now is to extinguish it totally, to make a cooling and removal activity”, he explained to the media in the face of elusive rains and the presence of propagating wind.

Yesterday the president of the nation, Luis Lacalle Pou toured areas surrounding the fire in Paysandu and this day the Minister of Livestock and Agriculture, Fernando Mattos will evaluate on the ground the economic impact and possible compensations together with the relevant municipalities.

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