2 Soldiers Dead As 24 Fires Break Out In Windy Tijuana

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

Two Mexican soldiers have died battling fires that quickly spread across a region of Tijuana due to high temperatures and strong Santa Ana winds.

The victims, who belonged to the 28th Infantry Battalion in Tijuana in the north-western Mexican state of Baja California, were reportedly fighting fires near their base in the area of Aguaje de la Tuna.

According to local media, the blaze could be seen from different parts of the city.

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Reports said that 24 different fires broke out in the area due to the hot temperatures and strong Santa Ana winds.

One person has been arrested after they were found melting copper in an empty lot near the military base, according to reports.

Local media said the most affected area of the city is Aguaje de la Tuna, although an advancing blaze was also reported in the colony of Las Cruces where around 300 families were evacuated from their homes.

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According to reports, families were also evacuated in the area of Torres del Lago.

The city authorities announced that high temperatures and strong winds had resulted in 24 active fires being spread across the area.

Firefighters are continuing to battle the blazes.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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