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Fire Threatens Oldest Protected Area Near Macaracas Landfill in Los Santos

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Fire threatens oldest protected area

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A FIRE  that started at noon on Friday, February 16, in the municipality of the Macaracas landfill in Los Santos is threatening the El Colmón forest, the country’s oldest protected area created 100 years ago.

Strong breezes and intense heat moved the fire throughout the afternoon.

Juan Martinez, mayor of the Macaracas district, said that the municipality’s staff, firefighters and officials of the Ministry of the Environment (Miambiente) are working to control the fire reports La Prensa.

The municipal landfill of Macaracas is located within the El Colmón protected area, characterized by a rich flora and fauna in a tropical dry forest.

Several of the 14 protected areas created in the provinces of Los Santos are identified as vulnerable to wildfires during the summer season.

The most vulnerable are the La Tronosa forest reserve,  Caña Island, in the Tonosí district, the Cerro Hoya National Park, between the provinces of Los Santos and Veraguas and La Loma Flores, El Joaquín Arriba and El Colmón.



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Fire Controlled, Toxic Smoke Remains

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A FIRE in a municipal landfill that threatened to spread to Panama’s oldest protected forest heritage, is under control but the region is suffering from vast clouds of toxic smoke.

Juan Martinez mayor of the district of Macaracas, in Los  Santos province where the blaze started at noon on Friday, February 16 said that barriers have been created to prevent the fire from reactivating.

He said that investigations are underway to determine if the fire was spontaneous or provoked, and support is being requested from the Urban Garbage Authority (AAUD).

Moisés Barrías, regional director head of the agency of the Ministry of Environment said that while the fire has been stopped, monitoring in the area continues because there are strong breezes and intense heat, and there are still concerns for El Colmón forest, which has been a protected area for 100 years.



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