The Shrine of Our Lady of Impossibles, in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte, which has relics of Portuguese colonization, is threatened by a forest fire that rages in the mountains of Lima, authorities said today.
The Fire Brigade Command of the Rio Grande do Norte Military Brigade told Efe that the flames that spread through the mountains could reach the highest point, exactly where the Marian shrine is located, one of the main religious sites in that region. , which is only six kilometers from the urban center of the municipality of Patú.
The sanctuary is on the list of “7 Wonders of Rio Grande do Norte”, chosen by the inhabitants of this state located in the northeast end of Brazil.
The Serra do Lima has natural pools and is very popular for its ecological tourism and for hang gliding and skydiving, being the main ecosystem of the region, located in the west of Rio Grande do Norte.
Dry vegetation, lack of rainfall and strong winds are conducive to the spread of fire in the mountainous system, which has a wide variety of fauna, especially monkeys.
Since Monday, when the fires intensified, 35 firefighters from neighboring cities joined the work of the 14 agents that make up the Patú corporation, a municipality with about 11,000 inhabitants.
In August, fires across Brazil were the most intense in recent years, with the international community watching the Amazon region, where flames devastated thousands of hectares, blaming the current government, led by President Jair Bolsonaro, for the lack of policies. for that region.
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and has the largest biodiversity recorded in an area of the planet. It is about five and a half million square kilometers and includes territories from Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana (territory belonging to France).
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