Forest Fire Near Machu Picchu Causes Evacuations

(Photo: El Comercio)

Firefighters and experts fought over the weekend to control the fire; no archaeological sites were damaged.

On June 20, a forest fire was discovered igniting a hillside near the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.

The Sun reports that nearly 200 visitors were evacuated from the park’s trails, including dozens of British school kids.

El Comercio informed on Saturday that the fire was 80% under control and that the ruins of Machu Picchu and the immediately surrounding flora and fauna registered no damages.

Andina reported the latest news on the fire, however, saying that it had reignited in an inaccessible area but that firefighters maintain a level of control.  They claim that up to 50 hectares of flora and fauna were damaged by the fire.

Andina also states that the fire was apparently caused by a father and son from Aobamba.

No further details were given as of yesterday.

The battle against the fire is not made any easier by climate change influences in the region; the intense solar heat and the wind that occurs at midday propel the fire onward.

We await further news on the authorities’ progress, though it appears control is being maintained.



Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.