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US National Guard fights Puerto Rico forest fire

March 28, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico has enlisted the U.S. National Guard to help extinguish a fire that has ravaged a forest in the island’s central region.

Firefighting Chief Angel Crespo says that about 40 percent of the Modelo Forest in the town of Adjuntas has been destroyed. Authorities say they believe the fire was intentionally set and that it has consumed up to 290 acres (117 hectares).

A U.S. National Guard helicopter helped dump water over the area on Friday.

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