Bolivia — A forest fire raging since last month has charred some 27,000 hectares (66,716 acres) of a nature preserve in Santa Cruz province, and cannot be brought under control. The fire in the Rio Blanco y Negro preserve has burned up 27,000 hectares, said Santa Cruz sustainable development chief Manlio Rocha. Now it is advancing toward the south; it cannot be controlled. And the fire is threatening all plant and animal life, he added. Drought has caused this surge in fires and forecasts are for them to continue through December. We have to be sorry for the loss of forest cover, of biodiversity – in addition to peoples health, Rocha said.