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Amazon Rainforest Fires

Brazilian state experts have reported a record of nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018. Brazil contains about 60% of the Amazon rainforest, whose degradation could have severe consequences for global climate and rainfall.

August 24, 2019

A lush forest sits next to a field of charred trees in Vila Nova Samuel, Brazil. Lingering smoke in the Amazon caused concern among Brazilians who say that respiratory problems, particularly among children and the elderly, have increased as fires in the region rage.

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A house is seen surrounded by land scorched by wildfires near Vila Nova Samuel, Brazil. Lingering smoke in the Amazon caused concern among Brazilians who say that respiratory problems, particularly among children and the elderly, have increased as fires in the region rage.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Smoke rises from a rainforest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that Latin America's Amazon countries will meet in September to discuss both protecting and developing the rainforest region, which has been hit by weeks of devastating fires.

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A devastated area of Amazon rainforest is seen in Altamira, Para state, Brazil.

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An area left scorched by fires is seen in the Menkragnoti indigenous reserve of the Kayapo indigenous group of Amazon rainforest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil.

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Smoke rises from several burning fires in Altamira, Para state, Brazil.

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In this handout satellite image released by NASA shows the fires in Brazil. The Group of Seven nations on Monday pledged tens of millions of dollars to help Amazon countries fight raging wildfires, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused rich countries of treating the region like a "colony."

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A forest fire burns near Porto Velho, Brazil. Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international outcry for preservation of the world's largest rainforest.

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Fire consumes the Amazon rainforest in Altamira, Brazil.

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Fire consumes the Amazon rainforest in Altamira, Brazil.

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Fire consumes the Amazon rainforest in Altamira, Brazil.

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A forest fire burns near Porto Velho, Brazil.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

A forest fire burns near Porto Velho, Brazil.

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Land smolders during a forest fire in Altamira in Brazil's Amazon.

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A tree stands amid smoke from a fire along the road to Jacunda National Forest, near the city of Porto Velho in the Vila Nova Samuel region which is part of Brazil's Amazon. The Group of Seven nations pledged tens of millions of dollars to help Amazon countries fight raging wildfires, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused rich countries of treating the region like a "colony."

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A fire burns along the road to Jacunda National Forest, near the city of Porto Velho in the Vila Nova Samuel region which is part of Brazil's Amazon.

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Firefighters work to put out fires along the road to Jacunda National Forest, near the city of Porto Velho in the Vila Nova Samuel region which is part of Brazil's Amazon.

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A fire burns along the road to Jacunda National Forest, near the city of Porto Velho in the Vila Nova Samuel region which is part of Brazil's Amazon.

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A tree stump glows with fire amid smoke along the road to Jacunda National Forest, near the city of Porto Velho in the Vila Nova Samuel region which is part of Brazil's Amazon.

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A fire burns trees and brush along the road to Jacunda National Forest, near the city of Porto Velho in the Vila Nova Samuel region which is part of Brazil's Amazon.

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A firefighter works to put out fires along the road to Jacunda National Forest, near the city of Porto Velho in the Vila Nova Samuel region which is part of Brazil's Amazon.

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A fire burns in highway margins in the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia state, part of Brazil's Amazon.

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Fire consumes an area in the Alvorada da Amazonia region, in Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil. The country's satellite monitoring agency has recorded more than 41,000 fires in the Amazon region so far this year, with more than half of those coming in August alone.

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Firefighters walk across charred land to another area as they work to put out fires in the Vila Nova Samuel region, along the road to the National Forest of Jacunda, near the city of Porto Velho, in Rondonia state, part of Brazil's Amazon. Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said they were preparing to help Brazil fight the fires burning across the Amazon rainforest and repair the damage even as tens of thousands of soldiers were being deployed to fight the blazes that have caused global alarm.

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Trees are destroyed after a fire in the Alvorada da Amazonia region, in Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil.

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Embers from a wildfire smolder along BR 070 highway near Cuiaba, Mato Grosso state, Brazil. Experts from the country's satellite monitoring agency say most of the fires are set by farmers or ranchers clearing existing farmland, but the same monitoring agency has reported a sharp increase in deforestation this year as well.

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Trees are destroyed after a fire in the Alvorada da Amazonia region in Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil.

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Charred trees stand after a forest fire in the Vila Nova Samuel region, along the road to the Jacunda National Forest near the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia state, part of Brazil's Amazon.

AP Photo/Eraldo Peres

Charred trees stand as a forest fire sweeps through the Vila Nova Samuel region, along the road to the Jacunda National Forest near the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia state, part of Brazil's Amazon.

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Fire consumes a field along the BR 070 highway near Cuiaba, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.

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Fire consumes a field along the BR 070 highway near Cuiaba, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.

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Fire consumes the jungle near Porto Velho, Brazil. Brazil contains about 60% of the Amazon rainforest, whose degradation could have severe consequences for global climate and rainfall.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Wildfires consume an area near Porto Velho, Brazil.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Virgin jungle stands next to an area that was burnt recently near Porto Velho, Brazil.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Fire consumes a field alongside the BR 163 highway in Nova Santa Helena municipality, Mato Grosso State, Brazil.

AP Photo/Leo Correa

Small columns of smoke rise from the forest near Porto Velho, Brazil. Under increasing international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the massive blazes.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

This photo released by Mato Grosso Firefighters, shows the Chapada dos Guimaraes wild fires, in Mato Grosso state, Brazil.

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Fire consumes an area near Porto Velho, Brazil. Brazilian state experts have reported a record of nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018. Brazil contains about 60% of the Amazon rainforest, whose degradation could have severe consequences for global climate and rainfall.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

This photo released by Mato Grosso Firefighters, shows the Chapada dos Guimaraes wild fires, in Mato Grosso state, Brazil.

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A lush forest sits next to a field of charred trees destroyed by wildfires near Porto Velho, Brazil.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Charred trees felled by wildfires are seen near Porto Velho, Brazil.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Fire consumes an area near Porto Velho, Brazil.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Neri dos Santos Silva, center, watches an encroaching fire threat after digging trenches to keep the flames from spreading to the farm he works on, in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Under increasing international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the massive blazes.

AP Photo/Leo Correa

Trucks drive alongside scorched fields on the BR 163 highway in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

AP Photo/Leo Correa

Fire consumes an area near Porto Velho, Brazil.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Fire consumes an area near Porto Velho, Brazil.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

A fire burns a field on a farm in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

AP Photo/Leo Correa

Neri dos Santos Silva, center, is silhouetted against an encroaching fire threat after he spent hours digging trenches to keep the flames from spreading to the farm he works on, in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

AP Photo/Leo Correa

Neri dos Santos Silva watches an encroaching fire threat after digging trenches to keep the flames from spreading to the farm he works on, in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

AP Photo/Leo Correa

A felled tree lies surrounded by charred tree fragments on a field left scorched by wildfires near Porto Velho, Brazil.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

A house is seen surrounded by land scorched by wildfires near Porto Velho, Brazil.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Fire consumes an area near Porto Velho, Brazil.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Wildfires consume an area near Porto Velho, Brazil.

AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Embers from a wildfire smolder along BR 163 highway in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

AP Photo/Leo Correa

This satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows closeup view of a fire southwest of Porto Velho Brazil. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year as of Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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This satellite image provided by NASA shows the fires in Brazil.

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