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Rain helps fight forest fires in Rio

Rain helps fight forest fires in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (BDCi) – Firefighters and officials announced this Monday (20) that the last of the forest fires that had been burning for almost two weeks has been suppressed.

The fires had been raging in the Órgãos Mountains National Park and in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro state.

Rainfall lasting from the night of the 19th to the early morning hours of the 20th helped put out the flames.

Two water-dropping helicopters were also used to suppress the fires.

Even as they fought the forest fires, firemen reported seeing locals continue to set garbage on fire and start brush fires, despite the warnings and extremely dry conditions.

It is estimated that over 5,000 hectares of land have been destroyed, home to countless species of plants and over a hundred species of endangered animals.