Brazil Battles Wildfires in The Amazon Rainforest

Published August 18th, 2020 - 05:48 GMT

A massive fire has broken out at Brazil's Amazon rainforest which is considered the worst in a decade climbing 17% from the same period a year ago. At least 10,136 blazes spotted in the first 10 days of August.

Despite the data produced by the Brazilian government, President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday has angrily denied the existence of fires in the Amazon rainforest, calling it a "lie".

On the other hand, several experts revealed that the massive fires are not a natural phenomenon, but are usually man-made to clear deforested land for pasture.

Moreover, the former army captain said: "They won't find any spot of fire, nor a quarter of a hectare deforested."

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A member of fire prevention group PREVFOGO extinguishes a burning area of the Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. JOÃO LAET / AFP

A member of fire prevention group PREVFOGO extinguishes a burning area of the Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. JOÃO LAET / AFP

Farm workers try to put out an illegal fire which burned part of the Amazon rainforest reserve and was spreading to their land north of Sinop, in Mato Grosso State, Brazil, on August 10, 2020. Carl DE SOUZA / AFP

Farm workers try to put out an illegal fire which burned part of the Amazon rainforest reserve and was spreading to their land north of Sinop, in Mato Grosso State, Brazil, on August 10, 2020. Carl DE SOUZA / AFP

An elderly farmer who set fire to rainforest around his property walks away as the fire approaches their house in an area of Amazon rainforest, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

An elderly farmer who set fire to rainforest around his property walks away as the fire approaches their house in an area of Amazon rainforest, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

A farmer tries to pour water on an area close to an illegally lit fire in Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

A farmer tries to pour water on an area close to an illegally lit fire in Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

Aerial view of a burning area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

Aerial view of a burning area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

A donkey stands tied up next to a burnt area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

A donkey stands tied up next to a burnt area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

Smoke and flames rise from an illegally lit fire in Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

Smoke and flames rise from an illegally lit fire in Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

A young boy rides his horse past an illegally lit fire in a section of Amazon rainforest, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

A young boy rides his horse past an illegally lit fire in a section of Amazon rainforest, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

A member of fire prevention group PREVFOGO extinguishes a burning area of the Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. JOÃO LAET / AFP
Farm workers try to put out an illegal fire which burned part of the Amazon rainforest reserve and was spreading to their land north of Sinop, in Mato Grosso State, Brazil, on August 10, 2020. Carl DE SOUZA / AFP
An elderly farmer who set fire to rainforest around his property walks away as the fire approaches their house in an area of Amazon rainforest, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
A farmer tries to pour water on an area close to an illegally lit fire in Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
Aerial view of a burning area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
A donkey stands tied up next to a burnt area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
Smoke and flames rise from an illegally lit fire in Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
A young boy rides his horse past an illegally lit fire in a section of Amazon rainforest, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
A member of fire prevention group PREVFOGO extinguishes a burning area of the Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. JOÃO LAET / AFP
A member of fire prevention group PREVFOGO extinguishes a burning area of the Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. JOÃO LAET / AFP
Farm workers try to put out an illegal fire which burned part of the Amazon rainforest reserve and was spreading to their land north of Sinop, in Mato Grosso State, Brazil, on August 10, 2020. Carl DE SOUZA / AFP
Farm workers try to put out an illegal fire which burned part of the Amazon rainforest reserve and was spreading to their land north of Sinop, in Mato Grosso State, Brazil, on August 10, 2020. Carl DE SOUZA / AFP
An elderly farmer who set fire to rainforest around his property walks away as the fire approaches their house in an area of Amazon rainforest, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
An elderly farmer who set fire to rainforest around his property walks away as the fire approaches their house in an area of Amazon rainforest, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
A farmer tries to pour water on an area close to an illegally lit fire in Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
A farmer tries to pour water on an area close to an illegally lit fire in Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
Aerial view of a burning area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
Aerial view of a burning area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
A donkey stands tied up next to a burnt area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
A donkey stands tied up next to a burnt area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
Smoke and flames rise from an illegally lit fire in Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
Smoke and flames rise from an illegally lit fire in Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
A young boy rides his horse past an illegally lit fire in a section of Amazon rainforest, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
A young boy rides his horse past an illegally lit fire in a section of Amazon rainforest, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

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