Forest Fires in Costa Rica: Palo Verde
Costa Rica is a country that has experienced forest fires in different regions, especially during the dry season between December and April.
Forest fires can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as dry weather, natural drought, human activity and lightning strikes.
Significant Impact on Biodiversity
Wildfires can have a significant impact on biodiversity and the environment. When a fire ravages a forested area, it can destroy the natural habitat of a wide variety of animals, plants and microorganisms. As a result, it disrupts the ecological processes that sustain life in the region.
Furthermore, they can contribute to the loss of species and the alteration of the ecological balance in the long term, accelerating soil erosion.
Many species depend on forests for their survival, and fires can destroy the homes of animals as well as their source of food and shelter.
So far this forest fire season, 45 fires have been recorded, 26 of which have occurred within Protected Areas and 19 outside or bordering the State’s Natural Heritage land.Delfino
Unfortunately, this can also contribute significantly to climate change. Forests and protected natural areas play a key role in absorbing carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. When a forest fire starts, the carbon stored in the trees is released into the atmosphere, contributing to an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and thus to climate change.
Palo Verde National Park
The Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae) confirmed this Monday the presence of a fire in Palo Verde National Park, in the Porozaleños sector located in the tributary of the Bebedero River and Sitio Azul, a wetland area and Natural Heritage of the State in Costa Rica.
The fire was detected by officials of the Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area of the National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac) while patrolling in the Catalina sector of the National Park. According to the institution, the fire is still active and they are working to control it.
Minae reports forest fire in Palo Verde National Park affecting more than 1,000 hectares
Palo Verde National Park is an important natural area protected by the Costa Rican government, and a critical habitat for fauna and flora. The wetland is home to a large number of migratory and resident birds, as well as numerous species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
In addition, the Minae and other relevant organizations are working together to fight the fire and protect this important natural area.
Sinac Takes Care of the Situation
Forest fires often continue to burn underground. Even after they have been controlled on the surface, which generates a situation of constant vigilance and quick action to prevent the reactivation of the fire.
It is therefore crucial that local authorities and firefighters continue to monitor the area and take preventive measures to ensure that the fire does not start again. In addition, it is important that people remain alert and take precautions to avoid causing forest fires in the area.