Heavy rain that has drenched eastern Bolivia’s Chiquitania tropical savanna has put out fires that have ravaged millions of hectares in recent months, authorities said Sunday.
“It has rained all across Chiquitania. And our satellite no longer shows any active forest fire,” said Cynthia Asin, the top sustainable development official in the Santa Cruz region.
Still, she said, firefighters will wait 24 hours to be sure that all fires are completely out before they head out of the area.
The eastern department of Santa Cruz has been the hardest hit of Bolivia’s nine departments since the fires began in May and intensified in late August. Read more