Iran — A forest fire that started in Iran’s Golestan National Park, located in northeastern province of Golestan, on Wednesday (September 18) was brought under control on Thursday (September 19) after destroying 100 hectares of forest.
The Golestan National Park is Iran’s first national park and is situated in Golestan, Semnan and Northern Khorassan provinces. Because of its natural assets like verdant and virgin forest and different species of flora and fauna, the park is considered one of the most famous nature reserves in Iran and the world.
The park has been a protected area since 1957 under the names “Almeh” and “Yashki” and in 1976, these two parts combined and became the Golestan National Park with 91,890 hectares in area.
Golestan National Park stretches from 1000 to 1400 meters above sea level and has a variety of habitats, like temperate broad leaf forests, grasslands, shrubs and rocky areas.
The fauna is very rich and consists of leopards (Panthera pardus), wolves (Canis lupus), wild boars (Sus scrofa), maral deer (Cervus elaphus maral), roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), urial (Ovis ammon arkali), wild goats (Capra aegagrus) and goitered gazelles (Gazella subgutturosa)