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The Santa Ana winds have been the cause of several fires in Tijuana (Photo: Twitter / @ alisguerra8)
Because a home behind a funeral home was on fire, people had to vacate the property with everything and the coffin of his deceased, since by the Santa Ana winds, the fire could reach them and cause a major accident.
The events occurred last Wednesday night on Arias Bernal Street, corner with International Avenue, in the Zona Norte neighborhood of Tijuana. Firefighters came to the site, who worked throughout the morning to put out the fire.
However, this was not the only incident that occurred in the region, after the strong winds that have hit the region. According to the Tijuana Fire Department, so far there have been reports 24 fires in the city.
The agency’s records indicate that six of them correspond to plastic fires; two trade; three in vacant lots and three were wildfires.
Firefighters have not reported injured people (Photo: Twitter / @ alisguerra8)
In addition, they report that there were four vehicle fires and three attempted residential accidents. They also reported the collapse of a spectacular advertisement, a gas leak and a fallen tree.
According The Sun of Tijuana, the municipal president, Arturo González Cruz, said this January 20 that it is essential to quickly respond to incidents in the city, so asked the population to be aware and give the facilities to the emergency units so that they can reach the affected places quickly,
The media pointed out that the first report occurred this Tuesday at 1:21 p.m., which warned of a forest fire near Valle San Pedro, where they were affected 500 hectares of grasslands, in addition to the roof of a cellar.
Half an hour after the first accident, the fire department moved to Elsa Cárdenas street, in the Miramar neighborhood, where they were affected seven houses with total damage and four with partial damage, as well as two vehicles.
At least 24 fires have been registered (Photo: Twitter / @ alisguerra8)
Firefighters have had to work in different neighborhoods where there have been outbreaks of fire. Until now no injuries have been reported.
For his part, the dispatch manager of the Fire Department, Oscar Páez Ruiz said that it is necessary that in the presence of strong winds, citizens do not make bonfires, burn garbage, heat food with firewood, throw cigarette butts in places with dry grass or the presence of garbage, as well as prevent the fire from starting and spreading.
Since last December, the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred), warned that the Santa Ana winds in the Baja California peninsula could cause the spread of forest fires, in addition to causing effects such as falling poles and trees.
The authorities urge the population to remain alert (Photo: Twitter / @ alisguerra8)
According to dependency, this phenomenon is characterized by extremely dry and hot winds that appear in southern California (United States) and northern Baja California, during the fall and early winter.
In addition to the advice of the Firefighters to mitigate fires, Cenapred recommends citizens to stay away from billboards or large objects such as poles, trees or palm trees. Monitor electrical and telephone wiring and lines, as they can fall in the winds.
Also slow down when driving and do so with caution in the presence of smoke or dust. Finally, keep flammable objects such as matches, fireworks or lighters out of the reach of children.
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