Forest fire burns in the Primavera forest. Wildfire burns in the Primavera forest.

Wildfire smoke sparks alert in Guadalajara

Fire that started Tuesday in Primavera forest was brought under control today

A wildfire that ignited Tuesday in Jalisco triggered an atmospheric emergency alert yesterday in the greater Guadalajara metropolitan area.

The fire on San Miguel hill in the Primavera forest had burned 2,000 hectares of oak and pine forest as of late yesterday, but had been brought under control earlier this afternoon, state authorities said.

The 30,000-hectare forest is located in the municipalities of Zapopan, Tala and Tlajomulco de Zúñiga and is considered the “lung” of the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

As a precautionary measure yesterday, the state Environment Secretariat (Semadet) issued an atmospheric emergency alert for a six-square-kilometer area that extends from the forest and takes in parts of the municipalities of Zapopan, Tlajomulco and Tlaquepaque.

Many schools were closed as a result, but classes were expected to resume this afternoon as the smoke cleared.

The alert was lifted at 1:00pm today.

Other areas affected by the warning were La Venta del Astillero, El Colli Urbano, the Santa Anita Golf Club and the Plaza Panoramica Bugambilias shopping mall.

Firefighting brigades from the Secretariat of National Defense joined local firefighting efforts, bringing the total number of people working to contain the wildfire to 373.

The Primavera fire was one of five in Jalisco as of this morning. It and fires in Villa Purificación and Bolaños were the biggest; smaller blazes were burning in Zapotlán el Grande and Tequila.

Source: Reforma (sp), El Occidental (sp)

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