Fire in Pelempito area

More than 120 firefighters worked throughout the Christmas holiday to control a fire believed to have been caused by a bonfire left behind by men hunting wild pigs in the Pelempito area of Pedernales. The firefighters’ work was made harder by the drought that is affecting the area. Environment Minister Max Puig said that the fire will not affect the forests in the Pelempito area, and that it was concentrated in the lowland shrubs prior to being extinguished over the holiday. The fire affected over 125 hectares of shrubs, according to Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Miguel Abreu. It was under control by Saturday afternoon.