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Monday, January 30, 2023

Fires

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.
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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.

1,500 More Hectares Burn In Palo Verde Park

More than 1,500 hectares (about 3,700 acres) of the Palo Verde National Park were charred in a blaze that officials believe was intentionally set.
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