Colombia has declared a state of emergency in two regions due to dozens of forest fires that have burned large areas of the country. The fires have been exacerbated by record temperatures linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon. Although hundreds of fires have been extinguished, 25 continue to burn. The fires have consumed around 600 hectares of forest in the departments of Santander and Cundinamarca, where the capital city, Bogota, is located. More than half of the country’s municipalities are on red alert, and the capital city is being heavily affected by smoke and ash.