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Costa Rica Park Continues To Burn

Chirripo National Park Sees More Fire Damage

Costa Rica Fire Chirripo National ParkThe president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla saw first hand the damage of a deliberate fire set in a remote region of Costa Rica’s most famous national park. With damage being estimated in the 150 hectares of burned land, the situation is being hampered by weather conditions which are adding to containing the blaze.

Strong winds are making the containment of the fire difficult since it began almost 10 days ago. With record high winds being experienced in the Central Valley and Guanacaste due to a high-pressure system in the Caribbean, the winds continue to carry the flames. Although efforts have been made to contain the fire by building a preventative barrier, the process is slow and manpower consuming with the terrain also contributing to the difficulty in fighting the fire.

During her tour of the region, President Chinchilla stressed the importance of determining who set the fire. Investigators have been assigned to the case and have begun to determine how the fire was started in the first place. Local residents are being questioned in nearby villages to determine who may have started the fire.

Guatemalan Air Force Joins Battle On Blaze

The enviroment minister accompanied the President on her tour and praised the efforts of fire fighters and volunteers who are battling the blaze. In addition to the high winds, the weather has also hampered fighting the fire. Early morning fog is preventing help from neighboring Guatemala whose Air Force has provided helicopter support. Although rain has occurred as well, it has not been enough to extinguish or even dampen the flames of the fire.

Chirripo National Park is home to Cerro Chirripo, Costa Rica’s highest peak. Although the tourist area of the park has not been affected at this point, the National Emergency Commission has issued a yellow alert for the fire region.

Tourists are still able to enter the park as the fire is in a remote, difficult to access area. With a barrier built to contain the fire, the next step is to stop the wind from blowing flames through the tree-tops. Any suggestions?

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