A blaze is tearing its way through the landscape of the Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range in Brazil’s Southeast, burning for five straight days and destroying 490 hectares of forest, an area equivalent to 530 football pitches. The region destroyed by the blaze lies close to the triple border between the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, and Rio de Janeiro — Brazil’s most populous and wealthiest. The flames have even reached the Pedra da Mina mountain, the fourth highest in the country.
Fire brigades from São Paulo and Minas Gerais have struggled to combat the blaze due to the topography of the region, with its steep rock faces and dense forest. On Tuesday afternoon, crews are attempting to put out flames on the southern face of Pedra da Mina, where fighting fire on land is unfeasible.