Update October 26: 30 homes have burned in Rosarito, where a man and his dog were found dead after their home burned, Mexico News Daily reports. Over 70 homes have now burned in Tecate. The National Forestry Commission (Conafor) had contained only 35% of the estimated 50 fires raging in Mexico.
By Miriam Raftery
“People had to hike out through the mountains to save their lives,” – Tecate resident Veronica Lavarello
October 25, 2019 (Tecate, Mexico) – Fires burning in Mexico have displaced at least 1,645 people forced to evacuate their homes. The blazes have killed three people, Associated Press Reports. Deaths include a 12-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman, the Mexican new site Radar Tecate reports. Antonio Rosquillas, director of Baja California Civil Protection, indicates two others are injured. In Rosarito, where 30 homes have burned, a man died in a structure fire along with his dog, Mexico News Daily reports.
Tecate Mayor Zulema Adams announced that at least 54 homes have been destroyed and 100 have been damaged.
One of the fires shut down the coastal highway north of Ensenada for several hours today. A fire in the Tecate region burned over 35,000 acres. Schools in Tijuana, Tecata and Rosarito were all ordered closed today due to heavy smoke.
Smoke has been visible on the northern side of the international border but thus far the blazes are confined to Mexico.
Mexico’s president has declared a state of emergency, as dozens of families remain in shelters. Tonight, the intensity of Santa Ana winds has diminished, aiding firefighters battling the blazes.