Presidenta Calls For Laws To Combat Intentional Forest Fires

Presidenta Calls For Laws To Combat Intentional Forest Fires

18 March 2012

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Costa Rica — In a fly over of the area of Buenos Aires de Puntarenas where a forest fire, lesser known than that of the Chirripó, devastated the La Amistad park, presidenta Laura Chinchilla, called for legislation for the prevention of forest fires.

“I have asked the Minaet (Ministerio de Ambiente) and the Bomberos (fire department) to work out a law to combat the irresponsible cause of forest fires in the country”, said the Presidenta.

In the first two months of this year more than 3.500 incidents have been reported.

“The forest fires this summer have caused the equivalent damage of the rains and floods of 2010”, the presidenta said on the social networks.

Although officials are not commenting on the cause of the Buenos Aires fire, they concluded that the Chirripó fire that consumed hundreds of acres was intentionally set or caused by negligence of campers.

These fires are not to be confused with the brush fires that are common especially in the province of Guanacaste during during the summer or dry months. One Guanacaste resident told Inside Costa Rica that the smell of burning grass is everywhere and all residents can do is keep an eye that they don’t get out of control.

Buenos Aires is located midway from the city of Puntarenas and Golfito in the southern zone. The province of Puntarenas stretches from the southern point of Guanacaste to the Panama border, along the Pacific coast. Towns like Jacó and Quepos/Manuel Antonio are all in the Puntarenas province.

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