Officials on Tuesday alerted citizens of forest fire risks across multiple municipalities in Colombia’s northwest Antioquia department.
Antioquia’s disaster prevention department (DAPARD) issued the warning for the municipalities of Arboletes, Apartado, Necocli and Turbo in the northern Uraba region of Antioquia. According to authorities, high temperatures reaching nearly 95 degrees Fahrenheit in the region prompted authorities to warn the public to take extra precautions.
The director of DAPARD, Cesar Augusto Hernandez Correa, told Caracol Radio that the objective is for the authorities and the community to adopt specific precautions regarding the high threat of forest fires.
He called on municipal councils to inform the citizens in the affected areas about a high threat of fire that can result from campfires, cigarettes, arson or natural causes.
A forest fire in the Bello municipality, located just north of Antioquia’s capital, Medellin, is currently being evaluated by the agency.