Sunday 20 June 2021

Criminal Intent May Be Behind At Least Four Forest Fires in Guanacaste

Parque Nacional Diriá, in the Guanacaste province

QCOSTARICA – An out of control forest fire raging in the Parque Nacional Diriá (Diria National Forest) has devoured 1,500 hectares and has been raging for more than 15 days.

The forest, of mixed dry tropical and rainforest, is located near Santa Cruz and Nicoya in Guanacaste province.

- Advertisement -

Luis Diego Román, coordinator of the National Fire Management, Ministry of Environment and Energy (Programa Nacional de Manejo del Fuego, del Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía – Minae) explained that the problem is that working long hours in difficult areas and, when they finally manage to control the flames, a few minutes later – and especially at night – new outbreaks appear in another sector.

Although La Nacion reported the raging inferno controlled, a follow-up report by La Nacion quoting Román said “there is an issue of vandalism”.

This will have a strong impact on wildlife. Many animals will have to migrate and now it starts to rain, all the sediment of the burning is carried by rivers into water catchment tanks of many communities. That could have consequences, “said Román.

Román specualtes that the fires are presumed to be started by deer hunters. “However, so far it has not been possible to identify any of them,” say Román.

- Advertisement -

Also, Román explained that the Diriá National Park occupies very broken terrain, where work to douse the flames is extremely difficult and very risky.

Costa Rica is at a disadvantage at this time of year, as the country is comes out of the drought of the dry season. In addition, the national park fire department (not part of the Bomberos de Costa Rica, the country’s fire department), has few experienced firefighters and lacks modern equipment, like planes that can deliver slurry to wildfires.

According to the Minae, there have been (so far) 33 cases of wildfires in protected areas during the current fire season.

Although that figure is lower than in the previous year (when they were 40) the amount of vegetation consumed is much higher. While in 2014 there were 699 hectares destroyed, this year totaling more than 2,000 acres have burned.

Another concern of Minae is the dry season in the North Pacific could extend to June, one month past the typical May start of the rainy season.


- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Cynthia Ann Telles named new U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Today, U.S. President Joe Biden announced his nomination of...

Simple to request certification of vaccines against covid-19 applied in Costa Rica and abroad

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health issued a new guideline on...


Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 16: 5 & 6 CANNOT circulate

Today, Wednesday, June 16, vehicles with plates ending 5 & 6 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

Bribed with cars, sexual favors and money in exchange for road works contracts

QCOSTARICA - The OIJ uncovered a big pothole on Monday when it was announced that public officials had allied with construction companies that, apparently,...

Informants assisted OIJ in corruption investigations, says the minister

QCOSTARICA - The investigation into alleged bribery of public officials in exchange for contracts for road works, received help from informants within the Consejo...

Lack of space on Racsa’s hard drive paralyzed immigration consultation at the airport this Monday

RICO's DIGEST - We've all had this happen, your computer's hard drive is full and your computer crashes. But we are not the Radiográfica...

Heavy downpours generated the first phreatic eruption of this year at the Turrialba volcano

QCOSTARICA - Several residents of La Pastora, La Central and Monte Calas, in the vicinity of the Turrialba volcano, heard a loud rumbling early...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 15: 3 & 4 CANNOT circulate

Today, Tuesday, June 15, vehicles with plates ending 3 & 4 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

Ortega government accuses imprisoned opponents of receiving money from the United States to overthrow him

TODAY NICARAGUA – The Nicaraguan government assures that the imprisoned political opponents detained on charges of “inciting foreign intervention” are “usurpers” financed by the...

OIJ investigation into road works corruption leads to inquiries in Panama

QCOSTARICA - The prestige of the company of some of the richest men in Costa Rica hangs by a thread. For many, the MECO...

Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s feature debut, Clara Sola, ready for the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

Q ENTERTAINMENT (CINEUROPA) Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s debut feature, Clara Sola, is ready to take part in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.