If you were checking out the forecast on your phone today, it probably looked something like this.
Forget politicians squabbling for the limelight, it is a pungent and dense cloud of smoke that is stealing the show this morning. The smoke appears to be coming as a result of a fire in the Punta Lara Nature Reserve, around 70 kilometers from the City, but has left many neighborhoods in Argentina’s capital affected. Investigations into what exactly caused the fire are ongoing.
Firemen, who will attempt to gain access to the source of the fire via the Pereyra canal, are holding out hope that the wind stays calm in the areas surrounding City, so as to limit the spread of the smoke. Nestor Nicolás, sub-secretary of the City’s Emergency Response Department, warned that if winds pick up later on in the day, the smoke could be denser in the afternoon. But stressed that there is “no reason to be alarmed.”
“The smoke’s toxicity levels are within tolerable limits,” explained Nicolás in an interview with TN. He did suggest, however, that people with chronic respiratory diseases to take precautions.