American SuperTanker headed to the Amazon

A massive U.S. plane is headed to the Amazon to combat the fires in the rain forest; Brazil has also deployed some of its military planes to douse water over the flames.
2:34 | 08/25/19

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An American supertanker is in Bolivia to help with the massive fires burning in the Amazon. Brazil is now using its own military planes to drop water on those flames. Matt Gutman is in Brazil. Reporter: Good morning. It sounds an impressive deployment. It also includes 24,000 troops, but they'll be sent to an area two-thirds size the continental United States. Yesterday, we got a sense of the scale and remoteness of some of these fires. In the face of mounting criticism and wall of flames, Brazil has begun an unprecedented deployment of troops to the fire line. On Saturday, the Brazilian air force began pounding fires in the north of the country, each one of those streams of water over 3,000 gallons. But there are nearly over 80,000 fires burning in the region and Brazil is also battling accusations it's been slow to respond to fires burning across the area. Joining the international operation, from Colorado Springs, has arrived in Bolivia to help and contain the fires. These countries are used to fires like this. I would say that this is catastrophic. Reporter: They're using the 747 plane that's capable of dumping about 19,000 gallons per drop to assists. There's a bit of a learning curve all the way around. Both for us, you know, being down here in our typical environment. Reporter: On Saturday, we saw the scale of these fires on the bolivia/brazil border for ourselves. You can see these fires are stretching pretty much across the horizon here. The smoke is rising thousands of feet in the air. It's fueled right now by wind. And everywhere you look, not a single firefighter. Those fires so difficult to reach. Going through this underbrush gives you a sense why these fires are so hard to stop because they're so very hard to get to. We tried to get closer, we found that jungle nearly impenetrable. In our experience in the jungle yesterday gives you an idea why the air assault with flames is so important in this fires, still there are tens of thousands of these fires and the experts say, only mother nature will be able to put them down. Rainy season is still months away. Terrell. Some are calling a global crisis. Appreciate it. Prince Andrew is now talking

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