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Wildfire in Peruvian Amazon Threatens Protected Areas

A wildfire burning in the Peruvian Amazon that has charred some 20,000 hectares (49,421 acres) of rainforest and destroyed crops planted by indigenous communities was raging toward a national park and another protected area, authorities said Thursday. Firefighters battled hot spots spanning 20 kilometers (12 miles) along the Ene River in the jungle region of Junin, said Julio Jeri, an official with SERFOR, Peru's forest service. He said the first rainfall in weeks did not appear to...

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