Peru’s Wildfire Threatens Machu Picchu


A fire in the Peruvian mountains of Machu Picchu is threatening the famous Ikan ruins after a fire engulfed 49 acres[49 ha]in the Andian Mountains on Thursday, officials said.

Smoke continues to rise from archeological sites near Machu Picchu, and firefighters are battling the blaze with strong winds and rough terrain.

Since it was far away, the workers had to carry a bag of water to protect it.

The Peruvian government said in a statement that the fire in the Pampacua sector was difficult to control on the right due to wind.

Nature Conservation Areas The National Service has used the forest fire protection force to control the fire for three days, officials said.

Machu Picchu is 8,000 feet above sea level, in the middle of Peru’s tropical mountain forest. Nearly 500 years ago, the city’s Inca crown was adorned with towering walls, steps, and stairs.

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