Fire in Chapada dos Veadeiros has already run 20 kilometers,

A forest fire that started last Sunday (12) in a place known as Vale da Lua, a tourist attraction adjacent to the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, has gained large proportions and is already spreading to areas 20 kilometers (km) away, reported the Military Fire Department of Goiás (CBM-GO).

On Sunday afternoon, around 100 tourists were stranded in Vale da Lua and needed to be rescued. According to information from firefighters, one person had light burns on his feet. The suspicion is that the fire started on the trail that gives access to the attraction.

::In July, DF recorded 116 occurrences of fires in conservation units::

“On the morning of Monday (13), an overflight was made to assess the size of the affected area and where the main focuses are. The teams are still going to meet to define new combat strategies”, informed the CBM-GO.

About 60 people, including firefighters, employees of the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and volunteer firefighters, residents of the region, work to fight the flames. Three aircraft were also deployed.

The flames first spread through the Pouso Alto Environmental Protection Area (APA), which is located in the buffer zone of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, and today they reach the Serra do Segreda region, about 20 km away from the first outbreak. .

The Chapada dos Veadeiros region is at the end of the dry season, when the vegetation becomes more favorable to forest fires.

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Natural patrimony

Created in 1961, the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is located in the northeast of the state of Goiás, between the municipalities of Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Cavalcante, Teresina de Goiás, Nova Roma and São João d’Aliança.

“Protecting an area of ​​240,611 hectares of high altitude cerrado, it shelters unique plant species and formations, hundreds of springs and watercourses, rocks over 1 billion years old, as well as landscapes of rare beauty, with features that change as the time goes by. The park also preserves areas of old mining sites, as part of the local history. It was declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco [Organização das Nações Unidas para a Educação, a Ciência e a Cultura] in 2001,” says the ICMBio.

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