Fire on Santiago | November 30th, 2007

In September, park wardens working on eradicating invasive blackberry on Santiago Island, noticed a large fire close to the coast. By cutting a fire break and with the help of additional wardens sent up from Santa Cruz, they were able to put out the blaze which seriously damaged 600 square metres of White Mangrove Laguncularia racemosa; a native tree that is on the IUCN endangered list. The fire appears to have been started by illegal fishermen who were camped there.