Forest Fires in Ankarana National Park
Miners often use fire to clear vegetation from mining sites or to make the digging substrate easier to penetrate. Yet fires often get out of control and spread, quickly destroying plants and animal habitat, such as this fire within the boundaries of the Ankarana National Park in the north of Madagascar. Fires are also a major concern for towns near mining sites. Within the course of only three weeks in 2005 there were two major fires that destroyed many homes and businesses in towns on the border of the Ankarana National Park.