Forests burning

Published: Monday 15 June 1998

the most devastating wildfires in seven decades are raging across Mexico and Central America, gobbling millions of acres of forests and grasslands, closing international airports and pushing blankets of smoke into Texas and gritty

haze as far away as Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Georgia.

Smoke from the fires has forcedofficials in Mexico and Texas to declare health emergencies, and it was blamed for an aeroplane crash in Guatemala this weekend that killed three persons. So far, at least 50 people have died in Mexico as a result of the fires.

The smog has edged over the border into the us , darkening skies in Texas, Florida, Georgia, north to Oklahoma, Missouri and Wisconsin, according to Jeff McQueen of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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