Dozens of residents in Argentina’s central Cordoba province were forced to evacuate their homes on Tuesday as wildfires raged amidst a severe heatwave. Dramatic images showed massive flames engulfing hills near populated areas, with firefighters battling to protect homes. The extent of the damage remained unclear.
A total of 960 firefighters, aided by eight planes and two helicopters, were engaged in firefighting efforts, with hopes pinned on expected rains to quell the rapidly spreading fires fueled by strong winds. Cordoba Governor Juan Schiaretti urged people to heed evacuation orders, emphasizing the importance of saving lives above all.
The fires were triggered by a campfire set by 27-year-old Ulises Xarate near Villa Carlos Paz, as per local media, citing prosecutor Jorgelina Gómez. Xarate lost control due to intense winds, leading to the blaze. The provincial government dispatched aid, including water, food, mattresses, and blankets, to affected areas, emphasizing the crucial need for prevention measures due to adverse weather conditions.
Argentina’s National Fire Management Service reported five active wildfires in the region. Authorities implored residents to follow the guidance of firefighters and officials working in affected areas. The situation remains tense as firefighting efforts continue in the face of challenging conditions.