Mountain fires, a daily routine during Costa Rica´s dry season
A few days ago we were heading back to our house in Huacas, not far from Tamarindo, when we noticed a huge fire in the mountain on our left. It looked just like lava coming down from a volcano, the flames were forming a golden trail going from the top of the mountain down to the road.
This was pretty amazing and we instantly turned into some sort of fire hunters, just like those tornado hunters you get to see on Youtube. Pretty exciting yes. Except reality came right back to our faces: we were amateurs and had no camera with us.
We got closer anyway, taking some pretty dusty / scary tracks, just to take a look at the scene. We turned off the lights, cut the motor and just watched and listen. The wood was crackling, dogs were barking, and the horses kept calm, just like the Ticos (that´s how Costa Ricans call themselves) living nearby. Insanely calm. Way too calm. People in a bar nearby were watching TV and nobody seemed to care.
We headed back home and decided to come back after diner, with the camera this time. Turned out we learnt during dinner that fires are a daily routine here and that people just start them to clean there garden and leave them burning in total freedom. But the rainy season here is so strong that every tree once destroyed by the fire grows back.
When we went back to the mountain, the fire had calmed down a bit but some places were still burning and this is when we took the photos. In an insanely peaceful atmosphere, it was just another night in Costa Rica.