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Bogotá firefighters attend to a forest fire on 13th Street

At this time, the Fire Department from the station in the town of Fontibón, in Bogotá, is attending to a forest fire on Carrera 123 and Calle 13C. According to the organization, So far no injured people are reported.

Bogotá firefighters attend to a forest fire on 13th Street – credit Bogotá Firefighters

Dogs rescued after a fire on El Cable hill, in Bogotá, require help: “I don’t know what to do”

After surviving the tragedy caused by the fires, pets rescued from a shelter await the generosity of Bogota residents

They ask for help for dogs that were displaced by the fire on El Cable hill – credit @Rincon001A/X

The recent fires that occurred in the Eastern Hills caused the evacuation of the Valeria Martín Etological Foundation, specialized in the rescue and protection of stray dogs.

Due to the heat wave in Colombia, reservoirs fell by at least 10% so far in January, according to the energy sector

The circumstance coincides with the declaration of public calamity and the drought reported in several municipalities throughout the country.

Colombian reservoirs have decreased their level in 23 days of January – Colprensa credit

The consequences of the increase in temperatures that is hitting the country during the beginning of 2024 are already beginning to be reflected in the country’s reservoirs. As a result of increased thermal anomalies, reduced cloud cover and the spread of fires, still water levels tend to decrease in view of greater condensation in the air.

Colombian Air Force attends fires in Santa Marta

After an alert issued by the National Personnel Recovery Center and the National Disaster Risk Management Unit (Ungrd), the Colombian Aerospace Force (FAC) deployed Bell-212 helicopters and the Bambi Bucket system to perform water discharges in the forest fire reported in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

“About 2,226 liters of water and 3 liters of retardant liquid have been discharged in order to mitigate the conflagration,” reported the Ministry of Defense.

The FAC deployed helicopters over the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to unload water on the conflagrations that have occurred since midday – credit Ministry of Defense

President Petro appointed high official to respond to fire emergencies

As part of the declaration of national disaster and calamity, the Military Forces confirmed that President Gustavo Petro appointed Brigadier General Ricardo Roque Salcedo as operational coordinator of the forest fires..

The main task of the new operational coordinator of the Military Forces will be to “articulate and prioritize the efforts and capabilities available of the National Army and the Aerospace Force to control, mitigate and extinguish forest fires that occur in much of the country”, reported the institution.

Brigadier General Ricardo Roque Salcedo, new operational coordinator of the Military Forces for the forest fire emergency in Colombia – credit Military Forces

President Petro declared a national calamity

After announcing that four countries would help mitigate the forest fire emergency, President Gustavo Petro declared a disaster and national calamity due to the conflagrations that consume several departments of the national territory.

“What effect does that declaration have? Basically, being able to transfer budget items that had been approved for other purposes towards mitigating the problem, towards drinking water.towards the aerial operation to defend ourselves from land fires,” explained the national leader.

The measure, according to the head of state, was taken taking into account that “in these coming days and weeks, crisis events will increase, because we want to be sure that we have the physical capacity to attend to and mitigate them.”

Helicopters dump water on Berlin moor fires

The Ministry of Defense confirmed that Soldiers of the National Army arrived at the Berlin moor, in Tona, Santander, in Bambi Bucket system helicopters, carrying out five water discharges on the area of ​​the conflagrations..

“The Public Force, @UNGRD, @DNBomberosCol, @DefensaCivilCo work together and in a coordinated manner to extinguish the flames in the shortest time possible,” the ministry said.

Helicopters dump water on the fires on the Berlin moor – credit Ministry of Defense

Soldiers rescue frailejones from the Santurbán moor

The soldiers of the National Army who attend to the fires in the Santurbán moor, more precisely in the Berlin moor in Tona, Santander, also They rescue the frailejones who have been left in the middle of the conflagrations.

Soldiers rescue frailejones from the Santurbán moor – credit Ministry of Defense

President Petro confirmed the list of countries that will help Colombia

From Tumaco, in Nariño, the President Gustavo Petro confirmed that Peru, the United States, Canada and Chile will help the country counteract the emergency it is going through due to the forest fires. The announcement comes after the head of state announced that he would request the support of the United Nations.

President Petro confirmed that Peru, the United States, Canada and Chile will help Colombia mitigate the effects caused by the forest fires – credit X

They rescue a baby mole that was seeking refuge from the fires

In the midst of the forest fires being attended to by the Colombian National Police, the uniformed officers received an unexpected surprise. The Special Operations Unit in Emergencies and Disasters rescued a baby mole that was seeking refuge from the conflagration.

They rescue a baby mole that was seeking refuge from the fires – credit National Police



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