It started on Friday. There were no victims or risk of the archaeological heritage.
A forest fire near the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, in Peru, was controlled this Sunday without victims being registered. They officially reported that the archaeological heritage is not at risk.
“We have managed to control the fire that started on Friday. At this time we can confirm that the ‘llaqta’ (citadel) of Machu Picchu is out of risk,” he said Ernesto escalante, head of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, to the N television channel.
The forest fire, which consumed about 20 hectares of vegetation, started on the Calvario hill, about two kilometers from the famous citadel located 120 km from the city of Cusco. The sanctuary covers more than 37,000 hectares.
Escalante indicated that the wild area made it difficult to attend to the emergency, but the fire was controlled after hard work of some 50 forest firefighters and police officers.
The causes of the fire are unknown, but an investigation will be carried out, Peruvian authorities added.
“We still have people for fire clearance work that could take a few days, but it depends on the weather conditions,” Escalante explained.
The official added that the fire did not leave victims, while the Ministry of Culture reported that there was no impact on cultural heritage. The flames consumed grasslands and they also affected wildlife.
Cusco (1,100 kilometers southeast of Lima) is the Peruvian region most visited by tourists from around the world, which has its main tourist attraction in Machu Picchu, a citadel located on top of a mountain.
The citadel has been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.