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Smoke from nearby forest fires forces 4-hour closure of airport for Honduras' capital

The main airport for Honduras' capital has been closed for several hours because smoke from forest fires reduced visibility.

Civil aviation agency spokesman Ezequiel Oliva says visibility fell to about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) during the closure Saturday.

The Toncontin airport outside Tegucigalpa was closed for about four hours, affecting about 500 passengers.

Almost a hundred fires have burned in the pine-covered hills around the capital this week. Four such closures have affected Toncontin and two other airports in the space of a month.