Monday, August 22, 2011

Blaze rips through Danube delta in Romania

(AFP)

BUCHAREST — Wildfires ravaged an area of the Danube delta in southeastern Romania, destroying more than 300 hectares of vegetation, authorities in the Dobrogea region said Sunday.

The blaze broke out on Saturday in a marshy area which was difficult to reach, local authority spokeswoman Paula Anghel said.

"The fire is being extinguished," Anghel said, adding that investigators would later begin a probe into the cause.

The Danube delta, home to a rich population of birds, fish and vegetation, has UNESCO world heritage status.

Wildlife reserve authorities said the blaze did not occur in a strictly protected area.

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