Since Yucatan’s fire season began March 1, 7,062 hectares of mature woodland, grass and shrub have been consumed, said the director of Yucatan Civil Protection, Enrique Alcocer Basto.
The fires broke amid the worst drought since at least 1986. It hasn’t rained in Yucatan in about two months.
The most hectares — 42 — were burned in Umán, followed by Conkal with 14 hectares and Tzucacab with 13 hectares. A hectare represents almost 2.5 acres.
By Wednesday, 423 conflagrations broke out in the fields while in Mérida, the fire department treated 10 blazes.