Rain Helps Control Forest Fires in Rio de Janeiro State

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Firefighters and officials announced on Monday, October 20th, the suppression of the last of the forest fires that had raged in Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos (Órgãos Mountains National Park) and the mountains of Rio de Janeiro state for almost two weeks.

The Fire Department and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) said the rainfall during the night of the 19th and the early morning of the 20th helped to extinguish the fires in Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos.

"The rain started last . . .

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