Big forest blaze near Brazil

Big forest blaze near Brazil

20 September 2010

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Brazil —  A FOREST fire was burning out of control on Sunday across a big swath of national park very near Brazil’s capital Brasilia, management of the park told AFP.

More than 140 firefighters were battling the blaze, which was suspected to have been deliberately started in the dry brushland of the park, popularly known as Agua Mineral.

Park management said no one had been hurt in the fire and no private property was at risk so far.

The 30,000-hectare park is located just north-west of the capital, a couple of kilometres from the nearest city suburb, and around 12 kilometres from the government’s main ministry buildings.

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