English.news.cn 2011-02-16 09:45:28
HAVANA, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Cuban Ranger Corps on Tuesday warned of
an increase in forest fires from February to May known as the drought
season in Cuba.
Raul Gonzalez, chief of the corps, said the authorities were preparing
professional crews along with volunteers to detect, prevent and combat
these possible fires.
However, he said 95 percent of wildfires are caused by "human actions,
such as the use of fire as an agricultural tool to clean land,
negligence of smokers and sparks from vehicles and agricultural machinery."
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, from January to May in
2010, 5.711 hectares of forest in Cuba had been burnt down by fires with
estimated losses of 7.6 million pesos (8.2 million U.S. dollars).