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Cuba: Wildfire claims 13,600 acres of countryside

Cuba wildfire scorches 13,600 acres of rural land; authorities hope to have under control soon

Cuba: Wildfire claims 13,600 acres of countryside

HAVANA (AP) -- Authorities say a wildfire burning for nearly a week has charred thousands of acres (hectares) of countryside in central Cuba.

Cuban state news agency AIN reports that 13,600 acres (5,500 hectares) have been burned in Camaguey province, about 300 miles (500 kilometers) east of Havana.

AIN says the terrain affected is mostly brush, pasture and pine farmland where trees were harvested years earlier and not replaced.

Geovanne Viere is an official with Cuba's rangers service. AIN on Thursday quoted him as saying authorities have the last three hotspots surrounded and hope to bring the blaze under control in the coming hours.

The fire started last Friday.


Updated : 2021-06-20 19:16 GMT+08:00