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Jalisco fire under control after nearly 2,000 hectares burned

Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco — A large forest fire that was burning in the state of Jalisco is considered under control after it caused the suspension of nearby schools due to its size and intensity.

The forest fire in the La Primavera forest in the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga has created school suspensions in nearby universities and grade schools by Protección Civil y Bomberos of the state.

The fire, which began at 3:00 p.m. Friday, consumed nearly 2,000 hectares before it was considered under control Sunday by the Secretariat of National Defense. The Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development activated the alert with the government announcing the 1,900 hectare burn.

A total of 697 elements fought the fire in the zone of Tlajomulco, with the support of 96 units and seven helicopters, as well as brigadistas from the municipalities of Chiquilistlán and Autlan.

The head of Civil Protection of Jalisco, Víctor Hugo Roldan, said that at noon yesterday they continued with the containment work, mainly in urban areas and in particular, in Ciudad Bugambilias to prevent the fire from reaching homes.

Sergio Graf Montero, Secretary of the Environment, stressed that personnel from the Institute of Forensic Sciences will investigate if the fire was intentionally set.