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Peru’s famous Machu Picchu ruins were

threatened by a forest fire.

With the Incan ruins being located so remotely, the firefighters struggled to contain the fire.

The fire managed to engulf an area about half the size of the Vatican City. It’s believed the fire was started by local farmers burning grass and debris to prepare to sow new crops.

CNN reports that Machu Picchu, a complex of stone structures sitting atop a mountain, was built more than 500 years ago by the Incas, whose empire controlled large swaths of South America from what is today southern Ecuador to central Chile.

The ruins are located in the Cusco region of the country and have been declared one of the new seven wonders of the world. It’s Peru’s top tourist destination.

At this stage, it’s not clear whether the farmers will be charged with starting the fire.

Image credit: Good News Network


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