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Thursday, 9 April, 1998, 13:14 GMT 14:14 UK
Fires threaten Mexico City

The Mexican authorities say fires raging in mountain forests outside Mexico City are threatening to become a major environmental disaster.

Officials say the fires are the most extensive in the area for more than ten years and the smell of smoke has been hanging over a large part of the city.

Hundreds of firefighters, government workers and volunteers have been struggling to control the blaze which has spread over more than three-hundred-and-fifty hectares of land.

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