Fires ravage rain forest


Boa Vista - Fires in Brazil's northern Amazon burned deeper into the rain forest yesterday, eating into the Yanomami Indian reservation.

A federal government team began hammering out details of a relief effort, including the possible use of water-bearing aircraft, in a meeting with officials from Roraina state on Brazil's remote border with Venezuela.

The region's worst fires in recent memory have ravaged 2.24 million acres (one million hectares) of highland savanna. Columns of flame were advancing into the jungle which was normally too humid to burn.