Brazil’s president threatens to send troops to burning Amazon

More than 76,000 fires have ignited in Brazil since the crisis began and the majority are believed to have been set by farmers clearing land.
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Transcript for Brazil’s president threatens to send troops to burning Amazon
They're trying to determine role, if any, vaing they have Thank you. And wildfires raging through the Amazon rain forest. Brazil saying it does not have enough manpower to fight these flames. And the rain forest is responsible for 20% of the world's oxygen supply. Matt Gutman on the ground there in Sao Paulo. Reporter: Tonight, Brazil's catastrophic fires smoldering into an international battle. France's president Emanuel macron tweeting, "Our house is burning," directly blaming the record fires in the Amazon on Brazilian president Jair bolsonaro's environmental policy. Bolsonaro, often called the "Trump of the tropics," has accused without evidence brazillian ngos of starting the fires, even mocking a journalist when asked what he should do about it. More than 76,000 fires have ignited in Brazil since the crisis began, a new fire starting every minute or so. The vast majority believed to be set by farmers trying to clear land. From the air, the lines of fire chewing up the forest. The area of smoke so large, it's visible from space, and could blanket half the United States from Detroit to Los Angeles. The Amazon produces 20% of the planet's oxygen and helps regulate its temperature. The fires casting a shroud over South America's biggest city, Sao paolo, earlier this week. Tonight, president trump offering U.S. Assistance. As Brazil's president says he may deploy the military to the Amazon. The Brazilian president saying he doesn't have enough firefighters to attack the flames. Reporter: He may have gone a long way towards refining that message tonight, by deploying the military. Given the vast scope of the fires, any country would have a hard time battling them which is what is so troubling about this, given the importance of the Amazon to the planet's health.

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