Mexican citizens fighting America’s fires

Los Diablos

Above: a screen grab from The Atlantic’s documentary about a fire crew from Mexico that assists a U.S. National Park.

The Atlantic produced this seven-minute documentary about Mexican citizens, Los Diablos, that help Big Bend National Park in southern Texas conduct prescribed fires and suppress wildfires. The crew assisted with the Powerline Fire that burned about 1,800 acres in Big Bend in February.

Here is how The Atlantic describes the video:

In Texas, Mexican firefighters are saving the Rio Grande. Known as Los Diablos, or “the devils,” the elite firefighting crew is hired by the National Park Service to fight wildfires and conduct controlled burns along the border. The river provides water to more than 5 million people in the U.S. and Mexico, and sustaining its flow is vital. The water in the Rio Grande is already 150% over-allocated. In this short documentary, The Atlantic follows the group’s conservation efforts to rid the river of giant cane, an invasive plant that narrows the river and threatens native plants and fish.

Below are more screen grabs from the video.

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Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Bill.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+

2 thoughts on “Mexican citizens fighting America’s fires”

  1. We won’t need these folks anymore after The Donald builds “The Wall” that will stop wildfires as well as migrants. And gets Mexico to pay for it, too!

  2. These are the stories that need to be shared. People only hear of the negative side of Mexico but often as in all aspects of life we are only given one side. I have heard of this program before and I feel its great that two countries can come together to maintain a natural resource like that.

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