Efforts are underway to contain the fire that broke out in Peru’s historic Machu Picchu Ancient City. The fact that the settlement is built at one of the highest altitudes in the world makes fire extinguishing efforts difficult.
The fire in the ancient city, one of the settlements built by the Inca civilization, is 90 percent under control, but measures continue to be taken in case the fire starts again. On the other hand, it was also reported that an area the size of 50 football fields was burned.
In Peru, 90 percent of the fire threatening the ancient city of Machu Picchu, belonging to the Inca civilization, has been brought under control.
According to the Guardian, Peruvian authorities announced that the fire, which broke out on June 28 near the ancient city of Machu Picchu, destroyed an area equivalent to about 50 football fields.
The Peruvian Ministry of Culture announced that the ancient city, considered one of the 7 wonders of the world and visited by thousands of tourists every year, was not damaged by the fire.
DIFFICULTIES DUE TO ALTITUDE
The ministry claimed the fire was started by farmers clearing land to grow crops.
Darwin Baca Leon, mayor of the Machu Picchu region, said in a statement that the fire was 90 percent contained and firefighters were battling the flames.
It was shared that the fire was in a difficult-to-access area due to the high altitude, making extinguishing efforts difficult.