Aerial view of damage caused by wildfires in Otuquis National Park in the Pantanal ecoregion of southeastern Bolivia, Aug. 27, 2019. While the Amazon blazes have attracted worldwide attention, the blazes in Bolivia have raged largely unchecked over the past month, devastating more than 9,500 square kilometers (3,600 square miles) of forest and grassland.
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Aerial view of burnt areas of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, Aug. 24, 2019.
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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, Aug. 26, 2019. 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."
This NASA Earth Observatory map shows active fire detections in South America (including Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Ecuador, Uruguay, northern Argentina and northwestern Colombia), as observed by Terra and Aqua MODIS between August 15-22, 2019. The locations of the fires, shown in orange, have been overlain on nighttime imagery acquired by VIIRS. In these data, cities and towns appear white; forested areas appear black; and tropical savannas and woodland (known in Brazil as Cerrado) appear gray.
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Trees burn in a wildfire in highway margins in the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia state, part of Brazil's Amazon, Aug. 25, 2019.
A protester holds a placard in front of the Brazilan Embassy during a demonstration organised by Extinction Rebellion activists in Brussels, Aug. 26, 2019, calling on Brazil to act to protect the Amazon rainforest from deforestation and fire. The Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of wildfires this year, which have triggered a global outcry.
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Trees are destroyed after a fire in the Alvorada da Amazonia region, in Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Aug. 25, 2019. 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.
An aerial view of forest fire of the Amazon taken with a drone is seen from an Indigenous territory in the state of Mato Grosso, in Brazil, Aug. 23, 2019.
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Firefighters put out fires in the Vila Nova Samuel region, along the road to Jacunda National Forest near the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia state, part of Brazil's Amazon, Aug. 25, 2019. 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.
A line of fire fighting vehicles advance through smoke from forest fires in the Vila Nova Samuel region, along the road to the National Forest of Jacunda, near to the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia state, part of Brazil's Amazon, Aug. 25, 2019. 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.
A National Force military firefighter prepares to board a plane to Rondonia northern Brazil, to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest at the Military Air Base in Brasilia, Aug. 24, 2019. President Jair Bolsonaro authorized the deployment of Brazil's armed forces to help combat fires raging in the Amazon rainforest, as a growing global outcry over the blazes sparks protests and threatens a huge trade deal.
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View of burnt areas of the Amazon rainforest, near Abuna, Rondonia state, Brazil, Aug. 24, 2019. President Jair Bolsonaro authorized the deployment of Brazil's armed forces to help combat fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.
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A large area of jungle burns near Porto Velho, Amazon region, Brazil, Aug. 24, 2019. About 150 kilometers from Porto Velho, in the regional capital of the Amazon state of Rondonia, a considerable part of the land has been burning and has already consumed more than five kilometers of the land.
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A laborer stares at a fire that spread to the farm he work on next to a highway in Nova Santa Helena municipality in northern Mato Grosso State, south in the Amazon basin in Brazil, Aug. 23, 2019. Official figures show 78,383 forest fires have been recorded in Brazil this year, as of August 23rd, the highest number of any year since 2013. Experts say the clearing of land during the months-long dry season to make way for crops or grazing has aggravated the problem.
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Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil, Brazil August 17, 2019.