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Centuries-old trees in Iran's Fars province destroyed by fire

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Reports from Fars Province indicate that forest fires have destroyed 110 hectares of trees, including the 800-year-old trees of Miyanjangal.

Read related report by Ghanoon daily

The head of Fesa municipality's environment department, Saeed Hormoziannejad, told Seda va Sima that the forest fires began on Saturday at 10 AM and were finally brought under control through the cooperation of the environment department, police and emergency workers and local residents.

He added that the fire was probably caused by the negligence of a shepherd and authorities are investigating.

cartoon by Firoozeh Mozaffari, Etemaad daily

Last year, another 15 hectares of Miyanjangal, which is the habitat of many unique wildlife species, fell victim to forest fires.

Miyanjangal is covered by 50 hectares of forest and parts of it are protected.

The department of the environment has called on the government to invest in an overhaul of its fire-fighting capacity, which is currently minimal.

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