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Argentina: Agricultural emergency declared as wildfire ravages million hectares in La Pampa01:03

Argentina: Agricultural emergency declared as wildfire ravages million hectares in La Pampa

Argentina, La Pampa region
January 22, 2017 at 20:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

A state of disaster and an agricultural emergency were declared in the province of La Pampa, on Sunday, after wildfire ravaged more than one million hectares across several locations, according to local authorities.

National Fire Management Plan director Guillermo Barisone informed that the wildfire started during a dry storm, which saw around 500 lightning strikes in a predominately dry grass area.

According to provincial Production Minister Ricardo Moralejo, initial estimates of damage caused by the wildfire ammount to "around 1.3 billion pesos" [€76.3 million; $81.7 million], adding that the fires killed 1.500 cattle and destroyed 1.000 kilometres (620 miles) of wiring.

Argentina: Agricultural emergency declared as wildfire ravages million hectares in La Pampa01:03
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A state of disaster and an agricultural emergency were declared in the province of La Pampa, on Sunday, after wildfire ravaged more than one million hectares across several locations, according to local authorities.

National Fire Management Plan director Guillermo Barisone informed that the wildfire started during a dry storm, which saw around 500 lightning strikes in a predominately dry grass area.

According to provincial Production Minister Ricardo Moralejo, initial estimates of damage caused by the wildfire ammount to "around 1.3 billion pesos" [€76.3 million; $81.7 million], adding that the fires killed 1.500 cattle and destroyed 1.000 kilometres (620 miles) of wiring.

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