Around six states requested the military’s help to combat the blazes as more than 1,000 new fires spotted in the Amazons.
According to official data, hundreds of new fires are raging in Brazil’s Amazon rain forests, as six of the nine states in the region requested military assistance to combat the record blazes. Para, Rondonia, Roraima, Tocantins, Acre, and Mato Grosso were among the states that requested for the army’s help, Environment Minister Ricardo Salles announced on Saturday, one day after President Jair Bolasonaro authorized the military step in.
Some 1,663 new fires were ignited between Thursday and Friday according to data from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Among those fires, more than 1,200 were in the Amazon region.
Official figures recorded an 84 percent rise of forest fires in Brazil over last year’s figure and more than half of those were in the Amazon region.
It has been declared by the Govt’s Environmentalists that farmers clearing land for pasture were responsible for the uptick in fires.
Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo said that around 44,000 troops will be available for “unprecedented” operations to put out the fires. He also added that the military’s first mission will be the deployment of 700 troops to the area around Porto Velho, capital of Rondonia, a state of Brazil, where the military will use two C-130 Hercules aircraft capable of dumping 12,000 liters of water on fires per journey and would be essential for putting out the forest fires.