|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Colombia (Click here for more)

Huge Fire Threatens Nature Reserve in Colombia

BOGOTA – The forest fire affecting an enormous mountainous area in the northeastern Colombian province of Boyaca since last week is now threatening the Iguaque nature reserve, emergency management officials said on Sunday.

More than 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of native forest have been destroyed by the fire, 800 of them in the Iguaque flora and fauna sanctuary, in the jurisdiction of the municipalities of Villa de Leyva and Chiquiza, some 180 kilometers (112 miles) northeast of Bogota.

About 500 people, including firefighters, soldiers, police, emergency management office and Red Cross personnel, volunteers and Indians are working on the task of putting out the flames, which in some spots are more than 10 meters (32.5 feet) high.

Also participating in trying to put out the fire, when the winds permit, are air force helicopters.

The efforts on Sunday are focusing in a place known as El Papayal, which is in Chiquiza. In that area are several houses threatened by the blaze.

Colombia’s environment minister, Carlos Costa, who overflew the affected zone on Saturday, said that this is one of the most serious forest fires in recent months, and he expressed his concern for the Iguaque reserve.

A red alert remains in effect in the region, where a number of streams of water arise that supply several municipalities, national emergency management office chief Luz Amanda Pulido said.

“We have to keep working. There the issue of getting it under control has become exhausted ... The wind, something divorced from human and technical efforts, has caused the fire to get started again,” Pulido said.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been forest fires in 313 municipalities in 23 of the 32 Colombian provinces that have burned about 24,000 hectares (60,000 acres) due to the high temperatures caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon, the national emergency management office said.

Up to now, however, there have been no reported losses of human life as a result of any of the fires.
 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2019 © All rights reserved