More blazes in south of country get help from strong winds

Although a long burning fire at Parque Nacional Chirripó is under control, there are three more significant blazes, including one that is menacing Parque Internacional La Amistad on the border with Panamá.

Once again, firefighters have to hike long distances to attack the blazes.

Emergency and environmental officials authorized a fly over of the area to develop a plan. In the canton of Buenos
Aries burning at La Fecha in Ujarrás, Youbin in the native territory of Salitre and at Cerro Las Tubas in the native territory Cabagra.

The largest, at La Flecha, the blaze has consumed 200 hectares, nearly 500 acres, said emergency officials. They
ordered an alert for the area. The fires are being aided by high winds that are typical at this time of year. As a result of the inspection from the air, officials put into action plans to construct fire breaks. This was successful at Chirripó.

Officials at the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias and the Ministerio del Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones also said that they wanted to emphasize prevention.

There have been 47 fires already this year, many due to negligence, they said.

Most of the fires have been in protected woodlands. More than 2,200 acres or about 900 hectares have been scorched.

Officials are turning their eyes to Guanacaste the site of many previous fires and also the southern part of the country.

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