According to Maria Elena Mora, director of the Arenal-Tempisque Conservation Area, to which the park belongs, firefighters were able to contain the blaze on Wednesday, and were working yesterday to completely extinguish the remaining fire.
Mora also stated that of the area that was consumed by fire, 50 hectares are grass and typhus, an invasive species in the park. The rest were young growth woods.
The official stated that the park’s fire-fighting brigade was able to contain the fire, with support from the Fire Department.
Mora said that the park, which encompasses a total of 1,800 hectares, has smoke-monitoring towers that function from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in order to detect fires, especially during the dry season.
Ulises Chavarria, park manager, stated that the fire began in a settlement of the IDA (Costa Rican Agrarian Development Institute), called Tamarindo, and it entered the park through the sectors of La Pochotada and La Carreta.