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Wednesday, August 26, 1998 Published at 09:54 GMT 10:54 UK

World: Americas

New fire peril in Brazil

Another huge fire is blazing in the central region of Brazil, threatening an Indian reservation, wildlife, and thousands of hectares of grassland.

Local reports say it probably started on farming land in Mato Grosso state and that the flames have spread to a major wildlife reserve on Bananal, the biggest river-bound island in the world.

Creatures of many species, including jaguars, monkeys, deer and birds are said to have perished.

Government officials say the ecology of the region is delicate and that they are very worried.Teams of experts have been sent in to coordinate the fire-fighting efforts.

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