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Wildfire burns more than 1,200 hectares of mountainous areas west of San José

Costa Rica's Firefighters’ Corps reported that nearly 100 firefighters and volunteers managed to control some 75 percent of the wildfire on Sunday.

Fire destroys Black Star Line building, a Limón landmark

A fire Friday consumed most of the historic Black Star Line building in Costa Rica's Caribbean port city of Limón. The building was architectural heritage.

Health officials in Costa Rica to ban sky lanterns

The ban stems from a study showing that sky lanterns, commonly known here as "globos de los deseos” or "wishing balloons," can burn through plastic, wood and other materials in minutes, constituting a major fire hazard.

Nearly half of Costa Rica’s Diriá National Park consumed by wildfires

Currently the fires are mostly concentrated in small, isolated burn areas primarily in three sectors. But all three of them are hard to access and very distant from each other.

Forest fires burn more than 2,000 hectares in Guanacaste

Officials with the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) believe that some of the fires may have been started intentionally.

More than 500 hectares of protected areas destroyed by wildfires this year

Firefighters currently are battling against four wildfires in protected areas in the provinces of Guanacaste, Alajuela and Puntarenas.

Wildfire destroys 5 hectares of Costa Rica’s Palo Verde National Park

Firefighters in the northwestern province of Guanacaste worked until 3 a.m. on Wednesday to extinguish a wildfire that destroyed at least five hectares of Palo Verde National Park. The damaged area is mostly pastureland and secondary forest, park administrator Ulises Chavarría García said.

Firefighters urge public to be cautious as dry season kicks off

As windy and chilly weather – typical of the dry season – comes to Costa Rica this week, firefighters are also reminding the public that it's fire season. Firefighters this week urged residents to take precautions as more fires occur during the dry season than at any other time of the year.

Farmer charged with arson in Palo Verde National Park blaze

Regeneration of burned areas could take up to 20 years.

Palo Verde Forest Fire Set by Illegal Hunters

Park authorities confirmed on Thursday that three hunters ignited the fire that burned roughly 1,000 hectares of land inside Palo Verde National Park in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.
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