TEHRAN,Iran — Iranian firefighters on Tuesday extinguished a raging forest fire andcontained another blaze threaten in a nature reserve in northwest Iran,officials said.
Wildfires fanned by winds destroyed 170 hectares (420 acres) of woodland andpasture in 12 hours on Tuesday near Piranshahr on t he border with Iraq beforebeing put out, a local official told Iran’s news agency IRNA.
Firefighters, helped by rain, brought under control the other blaze, which hadraged for the past five days in Arasbaran forest, some 320 km (200 miles) to theeast, Tehran radio said.
“Due to increasing rainfall, we foresee that the fire will be totally putout by tomorrow (Wednesday),” the radio quoted Hamid Kalantari, Iran’s topforestry official, as saying.
Kalantari said the fire had destroyed 60 hectares (150 acres) of woodlands inArasbaran, which is home to some 100 species of birds and animals and about 800kinds of plants. He blamed the blaze on negligence