Xinhua, July 19, 2011
The Forest Rangers Corps said Monday Cuba registered a record high of
695 forest fires as over 20,000 hectares were blackened by forest fires
from January to May, Cuba's drought season.
The drought has been worsened by the lack of rain, which also caused the
surge in forest fires this year.
The Rangers Corps also said more than 90 percent of these blazes were
caused by human negligence.
An estimated 55 percent of the these fires occurred in western Pinar del
Rio and eastern Camaguey and Holguin provinces, as well as the Isle of
Youth, a municipality off the south coast of mainland Cuba.
The Rangers Corps urged the public to be aware of the fires' impact on
the environment and human health.