Rio De Janeiro on Fire
Officials reported this past weekend (June 19th) that a flaming balloon was the cause for igniting a forest fire in one of Rio De Janeiro’s national forests in the downtown former capital of Brazil. The Tijuca Forest is a hand planted rain forest and is one of the largest urban forests in the world, stretching almost 13 miles in diameter. Much of the plant and wildlife that call the habitat home, are threatened by extinction. The city has set a hefty fine on lighting balloons and a reward for anyone that has information on the culprit.