Colombia - Forest Fires (DG ECHO, media)(ECHO Daily Flash of 07 March 2019)

A wave of forest fires is severely affecting the Colombian region of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. More than 1 000 hectares have already burned.

As a consequence, over 4 000 indigenous people from the Anahuac, Kogi, Wiwa and Kankuamo ethnic groups have lost their livelihoods and communities' traditional sacred locations.

A red alert has been issued, since it is very likely that the forest fires get reactivated in the next few days due to strong winds.