Peru wildfire threatens Machu Picchu as remote location hampers efforts to control blaze | Peru

Peruvian firefighters battled wildfires near the ruins of Machu Picchu Incan.

The blaze engulfed half of Vatican City on Tuesday as farmers burned grass and debris to prepare for planting.

As of Wednesday, some 20 acres[49 ha]had been affected by the blaze, according to the mayor of the nearby town of Cusco.

Machu Pichu, a complex of stone structures built on a hill, was built 500 years ago, and its territory covered much of South America from present-day Ecuador to central Chile.

The distance of the fire prevented the efforts of firefighters.

“For the past two days, we have been fighting wildfires and we have not been able to control it,” said Roberto Abarka, director of the Cusco Disaster Management and Security Bureau.

The ruins of the surrounding Cusco region, one of Peru’s top tourist destinations, are considered one of the seven wonders of the world.

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