Fire out! Our rangers and four young man from the neighborhood worked from early in the morning until one o’clock in the afternoon to finally put an end to the burning.
We had good luck, because winds have weakened today.
The whole family went to Los Cascabeles at nine in the morning and we took a representative of the delegation of the forest ministry with us, so they can find the way the next time and in order to review the extension and the status of the fires.
I managed to take him to the highest point of the finca, and we saw, that the fires ultimately have been contained by the recently built firebreak at one third from the east limit of the finca. We could not take the whole tour around the burnt down area because of time constraints, but I took some pictures, showing that the whole area around has been affected.
This is the fourth day we are fighting against the fire at Los Cascabeles. Yesterday things have calmed down a little bit, our rangers hired four boys from the neighborhood to make a sweep over the whole area in order to find the pockets of ember and eradicate them. They managed to close down all spots except one.
In the morning, the strong winds ignited the spot again. Our rangers started to control the fire from the morning. Since we had no driver until ten in the morning, Nadia could go out to Los Cascabeles, taking with her three volunteer fire fighters. The kids stayed at home today.
Again, it seems that there were somebody laying fires. We have already filed charges, but changes are low to find out who it was.
It was a very hot day, we had at least 37°C (98.6F) and Nadia shot dramatic pictures and videos of the man and women fighting the fire.
The first picture show the fire fight while ascending the hill, the two before the last one are on top of the hill at the southern corner and the last one is on descend of the mountain.
The fight will continue tomorrow and I will finally be able to go out to Los Cascabeles by myself.
It is clear to me, that in the future we will need to invest into prevention and raising of conscience, besides defensive means and reactive fire fighting. The current estimate of lost woodland is 90 acres on Los Cascabeles and our east side neighbours finca La Fortuna. The down wind (west side) finca had about 140 acres burned down – they did not bother to move out.