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Wildfire rages in hills above Chapala & Ixtlahuacán

Some 140 firefighters from several state and municipal agencies have been working around the clock to douse a wildfire in the Cerro Viejo/Chupinaya/Los Sabinos protected forest area in the hills between Ixtlahuacán de Membrillos and Chapala.

The fire started on  Sunday afternoon and quickly increased in intensity.

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Jalisco’s Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development (Semadet) issued an air quality alert due to the heavy concentration of smoke emitted from the blaze.

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Protección Civil y Bomberos (Civil Protection and Firefighting) from Chapala, Ixtlahuacánand Tlajomulco are being assisted by officials from Semadet, as well as a few trained individual volunteers. Two helicopters, the Witari operated by Semadet and the Palomo from the Tlajomulco municipality, are also helping quell the fire.

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