However, as of 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday, all of blazes were contained as cooler weather arrived from the south, according to the country’s secretary of climate risk management, catastrophes and protection.
“We do not have any active fires in the province at this time,” Secretary Claudio Vignetta said.
Even as firefighters gained control over the situation, they were still actively battling hot spots, including a fire that restarted in the Tulumba section of northern Córdoba, provincial officials reported on the social media platform X. Two planes were dropping water onto the fire, the officials said.
Córdoba officials said dozens of hectares head been burned, with some homes affected, but no one was hurt.
The wildfires came amid unseasonably hot, dry and windy weather, with temperatures in the 90s and winds exceeding 35 mph in some areas. Normal high temperatures for October in Córdoba are in the 70s. Drought indicators are at “extreme” levels around the city of Córdoba, according to the Southern South America Drought Information System.
Already, Córdoba province is among the most wildfire-prone areas in the world, Gov. Juan Schiaretti said. He urged residents to follow the direction of firefighters and civil defense officials, and to take care to prevent wildfires from starting in the first place.
Córdoba officials say humans ignite 99 percent of the region’s fires. A 27-year-old man was in custody in the province’s Punilla region for starting a blaze there when his campfire spread out of control, the Associated Press reported.
“I hope that the full weight of the law falls on the person responsible,” Schiaretti said.
Meanwhile, climate conditions set the stage for an active wildfire season across South America.
The continent has experienced its hottest start to any year on record, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration analysis of global conditions released in August. And drought is widespread across the continent, except in southern Argentina, eastern Brazil, and northern countries, the report said.
A study released Tuesday found that climate change made a September heat wave across southern Brazil, eastern Bolivia, Paraguay and northeastern Argentina “at least 100 times” more likely. Temperatures surpassed 104 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of Brazil during what was late winter and early spring for the Southern Hemisphere.
Samantha Schmidt contributed to this report.