Saturday 12 June 2021

Forest Fires Destroys 2.000 Hectares in Guanacaste; An Alert in Chirripó

Otro incendio forestal afecta la zona de Los Chiles de Alajuela, frontera con Nicaragua. Durante un sobrevuelo ayer, se pudo observar el daño causado por el fuego, que se acerca a diversas plantaciones. | ALONSO TENORIO.
A forest fire destroyed hectares of land in the area of Los Chiles de Alajuela, near the border with Nicaragua. Aerial photo by ALONSO TENORIO for La Nacion.

Forest fires have consumed more than 2.000 hectares of land in the Guanacaste Conservation Area. Authorities speculate that the fires were deliberate.

The Cuerpo de Bomberos (Costa Rica’s Fire Department) says it currently has 40 brigades working on controlling the fires within the conservation area.

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In addition to the Guancaste fires, the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación (SINAC) –  National System of Conservation Areas – on Thursday asked the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) – National Emergency Commission  – to declare a yellow alert for the fire in the Alto de Chirripó.

The Alto de Chirripó is an Indian reservation that is located in Turrialbla (east of Cartago), and since last weekend a fire continue to maintain the local population on alert.

Guanacaste Conservation Area
Guanacaste Conservation Area

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