Amazon forest fire threatens natives, wildlife in Peru

The fire is in the region known as VRAEM, an acronym for the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro river valleysAn enormous fire is destroying vast stretches of the Amazon rainforest in Peru, threatening natives and wildlife, officials said, blaming traditional slash-and-burn farming. The fire broke out on September 10 in an indigenous community called Pitsiquia, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, said the National Civil Defense Institute.

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October 2, 2016 5:07 am

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