CENIBRA Warns about Forest Fire
CENIBRA started a campaign through its website and profiles in social networks to enhance awareness about forest fires. The first of four videos has already been released.
This first video addresses “Who fights forest fires” both at CENIBRA properties and public lands of Minas Gerais. Those who fight forest fires have to act safely to prevent risks arising from exposure to heat, smoke, rough relief, and strenuous physical effort. Everything to protect a heritage that belongs to humanity: nature.
CENIBRA has trained a team to monitor eucalyptus plantations and native forests and detect possible fire outbreaks. In addition, the community may greatly help by making calls or sending messages. The company provides training to volunteer fire prevention and fighting groups with an aim to protect native forests in public and private areas in the regions in which it operates.
The upcoming videos will address the following topics: Who causes fires and main fire causes, Fire damage, and the importance of preserving nature.
The first video was released last Friday, May 3. The second will be released next Friday, May 10, and so on.
Link to the first video: https://youtu.be/6T6IxSYTpcI
Who causes fire
Forest fire is any fire out of control in any type of vegetation, often caused by unauthorized, non-monitored actions. Such fires may be caused either by man or nature itself.
The main causes of forest fires are:
- Lightning = atmospheric discharges, usually in CB clouds.
- Incendiaries = for vengeance or mental illness (pyromaniac).
- Out-of-control fires to clear the land.
- Campfires = fires when camping, hunting, or fishing.
Compliance with environmental legislation, specifically with forest fire regulations, is of fundamental importance.
Act No. 9605/98 provides for criminal and administrative penalties in connection with environmentally damaging activities and conducts. Article 41 sets out forest fires as a crime against flora.
Article 41. Causing forest fires: Penalty – imprisonment for two to four years plus fine.
Single Paragraph – In case of negligence, the penalty is six-month to one-year imprisonment plus fine.
Fire destruction is regrettable. It impairs the organic soil layer, causes erosion, affects water bodies, reduces tree resilience, kills animals, destroys natural habitat, damages properties, and harms human health. Preventing fire is easier than trying to extinguish it. If everyone does his or her part, we would be able to revisit our memories and allow future generations to do the same. The number of active fire sources detected in Minas Gerais by Inpe’s satellites last year was 6,714, up from the 6,682 outbreaks recorded in 2016.
Don’t use fire to clear land.
Take care with campfires.
Don’t burn wastes near dry vegetation.
Don’t light a fire next to vegetation.
Don’t use fire as a social protest tool and don’t support this kind of protest.
Human actions should go far beyond physical and ideological boundaries to consolidate practices that preserve an essential asset to all of us – Nature! True environmental preservation happens when we commit ourselves to the continuous improvement of our practices and ensure a course of development in harmony with biodiversity protection. Parks, valleys, mountains, ponds, waterfalls, native woods, and so many other environmental assets. If everyone does his or her part, we would be able to revisit our memories and allow future generations to do the same
In addition to the toll-free number for information on forest fires (0800 283-1291), a WhatsApp number (31 9 7354-3333) is also available. Upon receiving a call, CENIBRA will assign a team to check information and take appropriate action.