First the heat and now the smoke: the inhabitants of the City of Buenos Aires woke up with a strong smell of burning

Hundreds of people could feel the smell (Augusto Fornaciari)

A new problem was added to the incessant heat and power outages: the smoke produced by the multiple fires that have been registered in recent days in different parts of the country and that was felt strongly during the early hours of Saturday in different areas of the city. province and the city of Buenos Aires.

Already overwhelmed by the high temperatures, residents of different neighborhoods of Buenos Aires who, with the help of a fan or an air conditioner, had managed to sleep, woke up alarmed by the smell of burning coming in through windows and doors.

Dozens of users on social networks reported having perceived the unpleasant smell that forced them to get out of bed to make sure that nothing was catching fire near their homes, but the truth is that the smell is the product of the multiple fires that originated in the suburbs and in the interior of the country, and that was dragged by the wind that currently circulates west at 5 kilometers per hour.

As it happened several times in the week, the sky woke up with a reddish color, product of the presence of these gases in the environment, but this time also It generated a very intense stench that bothered the nose and took away more than one person’s sleep.

The smoke comes from the different forest fires (Alejandra Bartoliche/Telam)
The smoke comes from the different forest fires (Alejandra Bartoliche/Telam)

It was to be expected that this would happen taking into account the large fires that were recorded in recent times. The closest to the AMBA is the one that occurred this Friday in the vicinity of a gated community in the Buenos Aires town of Canning, belonging to the Ezeiza party, where three fire crews had to intervene.

However, no matter where the wind blows from, there is a good chance that it will come with some smoke load because there are also active or partially controlled wildfires in Chubut, Río Negro, San Luis, Santa Fe, Salta, Formosa, Mendoza and La Pampa.

One of the largest outbreaks was in the surroundings of the Martin and Steffen lakes, in the south of Bariloche, where several firefighters who, with the help of hydrant planes, were trying to contain the flames, which have been raging for more than a month. area.

Meanwhile, the drought that is added to the drop in the Paraná River affects 17 Buenos Aires municipalities and creates an ideal setting for the appearance of fire, especially in places with grasslands.

In this worrying context, recently The National Executive Branch declared an igneous emergency throughout the territory of the Argentine Republic for a period of one year. and created a working group that will be chaired by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation in order to adopt the measures that are necessary to promote and attend to the imminent pre-suppression and combat of forest fires, the restoration of affected and the prevention of new foci.

Yesterday the Government decided to ban the use of fire in national parks. This was reported in Resolution 12/2022, published on Friday in the Official Gazette. The main objective of the measure is to prevent further accidents due to flames that get out of control and end up destroying thousands of hectares. Specifically, the authorities suspended “the application of the protocols for the use of fire approved by the Provision of protected areas dependent on the National Parks Administration”, so it will no longer be allowed to start a fire in these areas.

This is how the fire was experienced near a gated community in Canning

In addition, this situation occurs in the midst of the historic heat wave that is hitting the country and that caused high temperatures that, according to the National Meteorological Service (SMN), in the City of Buenos Aires this Friday reached 41.2° in CABA, one tenth higher than that registered last Tuesday and, therefore, a record since 1957.

In turn, this generated a greater demand for energy that resulted in service cuts: according to the official website of the National Electricity Regulatory Entity (ENRE), it was learned that a system failure left 150,000 users without electricity in the AMBA when Friday had just begun.


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