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US NewsBrazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires

04:50  25 august  2019
04:50  25 august  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

How Did the Amazon Rainforest Fires Start?

How Did the Amazon Rainforest Fires Start? Brazil has experienced a record number of wildfires this year, more than half of which occurred in the Amazon region. That's according to data collected by the country's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). © Thomson Reuters Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, Brazil August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino The figures show an 83 percent increase in comparison to the same period in 2018, representing the highest number of blazes since the agency began collecting such data in 2013, Reuters reported.

Brazilian troops prepare to deploy in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Backed by military aircraft , Brazilian troops on Saturday prepared to deploy in the Bolsonaro has previously described rainforest protections as an obstacle to Brazil 's economic

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Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires © FoxNews.com World leaders are urging action from G7 on the burning of the Amazon rainforest.

The Brazilian military is deploying troops to the Amazon to fight the massive wildfires that have swept the region and sparked an international outcry.

Brazil's defense minister has said that some 44,000 troops will be available for "unprecedented" operations to put out the fires, and forces are heading to six Brazilian states that asked for federal help. The states are Roraima, Rondonia, Tocantins, Para, Acre and Mato Grosso.

"The protection of the forest is our duty," Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said in a televised address Friday. "We are aware of that and will act to combat deforestation and criminal activities that put people at risk in the Amazon. We are a government of zero tolerance for crime, and in the environmental field it will not be different."

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+ Brazil says military aircraft and 44,000 troops will be available to fight fires sweeping through parts of the Amazon region. The defence and environment ministers on Saturday described plans to battle the blazes that have prompted an international outcry as well as demonstrations in Brazil against

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The military's first mission will be carried out by 700 troops around Porto Velho, capital of Rondonia, Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo said. The military will use two C-130 Hercules aircraft capable of dumping up to 12,000 liters (3,170 gallons) of water on fires, he said.

“It shows the concern of Bolsonaro’s government about this issue,” Azevedo said. “It was a very fast response.”

An Associated Press journalist flying over the Porto Velho region Saturday morning reported hazy conditions and low visibility. On Friday, the reporter saw many already deforested areas that were burned, apparently by people clearing farmland, as well as a large column of smoke billowing from one fire.

The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires.

The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires. The Brazilian Amazon is burning at a record rate. Nearly 10,000 fires have sparked in the last week, and satellites have spotted the blazes.

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil says military aircraft and 44,000 troops will be available to fight fires sweeping through parts of the Amazon region. The defense and environment ministers on Saturday described plans to battle the blazes that have prompted an international outcry as well as demonstrations in

RIO DE JANEIRO — Backed by military aircraft , Brazilian troops on Saturday prepared to deploy in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region The Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries who believe Bolsonaro has neglected

Gallery Fires in the Amazon rainforest (Photo Services)

Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires
Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires

The municipality of Nova Santa Helena in Brazil's Mato Grosso state was also hard-hit. Trucks were seen driving along a highway Friday as fires blazed and embers smoldered in adjacent fields.

Azevedo noted a tweet from President Trump in which the American leader where he offered to help Brazil fight the fires but added that Brazilia and Washington had no further communication on the subject.

Even so, the U.S. has already started to help fight the massive wildfires. A Boeing 747-400 Global SuperTanker firefighting plane carrying nearly 20,000 of retardant, a substance used to stop fires, arrived at the Bolivia-Brazil border from California Friday.

Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires © ASSOCIATED PRESS In this photo released by Brazil Ministry of Defense, a C-130 Hercules aircraft dumps water to fight fires burning in the Amazon rainforest, in Brazil, Saturday, Aug, 24, 2019. Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry. (Brazil Ministry of Defense via AP)

Bolsonaro has previously described rainforest protections as an obstacle to Brazil’s economic development, sparring with critics who say the Amazon absorbs vast amounts of greenhouse gasses and is crucial for efforts to contain climate change.

G7 leaders vow to help Brazil fight fires, repair damage

G7 leaders vow to help Brazil fight fires, repair damage RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage even as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm. French President Emmanuel Macron said the summit leaders were nearing an agreement on how to support Brazil and said the agreement would involve both technical and financial mechanisms "so that we can help them in the most effective way possible.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil says military aircraft and 44,000 troops will be available to fight fires sweeping through parts of the Amazon region. The defense and environment ministers on Saturday described plans to battle the blazes that have prompted an international outcry as well as

The Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries who believe Bolsonaro has neglected commitments to protect biodiversity. Protesters gathered outside Brazilian diplomatic missions in European and Latin American cities Friday

The Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries who believe Bolsonaro has neglected commitments to protect biodiversity. Protesters gathered outside Brazilian diplomatic missions in European and Latin American cities Friday, and demonstrators also marched in Brazil.

The dispute spilled into the economic arena when French President Emmanuel Macron threatened to block a European Union trade deal with Brazil and several other South American countries. He wants Group of Seven leaders meeting at a summit in France this weekend to discuss the Amazon crisis.

Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires © Thomson Reuters A truck loaded with logs cut from an area of the Amazon rainforest is seen in Boca do Acre, Amazonas state, Brazil August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

“First we need to help Brazil and other countries put out these fires,” Macron said Saturday.

The goal is to “preserve this forest that we all need because it is a treasure of our biodiversity and our climate thanks to the oxygen that it emits and thanks to the carbon it absorbs,” he said.

Bolivia has also struggled to contain fires that swept through woods and fields. The government of Bolivian President Evo Morales has backed the increased cultivation of crops for biofuel production, raising questions about whether the policy opened the way to increased burning. The Bolivian government says 3,680 square miles have been burned this year.

Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires © Thomson Reuters A tract of the Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

On Saturday, several helicopters along with police, military troops, firefighters and volunteers on the ground worked to extinguish fires in Bolivia's Chiquitanía region, where the woods are dry at this time of year.

Similarly, Bolsonaro had said he wants to convert land for cattle pastures and soybean farms. Brazilian prosecutors are investigating whether lax enforcement of environmental regulations may have contributed to the surge in the number of fires.

Fires are common in Brazil in the annual dry season, but they are much more widespread this year. Brazilian state experts reported nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018. More than half of those fires occurred in the Amazon region.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The leaders of the group of seven nations have agreed to provide $20 million in emergency help to stop the Amazon forest fires, President Emmanuel Macron of France said on Monday. “The reality is that for the emergency aid they especially need financing because they don’t have the funds to enable planes, fire-fighting planes to take-off,” a source told Reuters, confirming the $20 million figure (about £16 million). President Donald Trump was absent from the talks on climate change and biodiversity at a G7 leaders’ summit, with host Macron explaining that he was busy holding bilateral meetings.

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