Amazon Rainforest Fire

The Brazilian military has so far sent more than 40,000 soldiers to the Amazon rainforest to fight the fire. The Brazilian research institute reported on the 24th that the Amazon rainforest has added more than 1,600 fire points. Brazilian President Yasser Bossonaro authorized the military to participate in the Amazon rainforest on the 23rd, and the six Brazilian states requested military assistance the next day.

Brazilian Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo said on the 24th that about 44,000 soldiers could participate in the fire fighting and were rushing to six states including Roraima, Rondonia and Tocantins. Reuters reported that the Brazilian Army Chief of Staff Raul Botello reported that the soldiers had been deployed in the northern part of the Amazon rainforest.

According to Azevedo, the Brazilian army will focus on extinguishing fires in specific areas. 700 soldiers will perform missions around Porto Velho, the capital of the state of Rondonia. The military will dispatch two C-130 "Hercules" transport aircraft, each of which can transport 12,000 liters of water.

Although Bossonaro told reporters on the 24th that Amazonian Rainforest "returned to normal", the research institute still reported discovering new fire points. According to data from the National Space Research Institute of Brazil, more than half of the fires were concentrated in the Amazon Basin, and about 1,663 fire points were added from 22 to 23.

The Associated Press reporter flew over Porto Verde on the morning of the 24th. The area is full of smog and low visibility. The reporter saw a lot of deforestation in the woods on the previous day, which was obviously caused by land reclamation. Alfredo Sylkis, the head of a Brazilian think tank and one of the Green Party promoters, supported the military's involvement in firefighting, but was skeptical about the ability to put out the fire on the grounds that the disaster was serious and the necessary fire fighting equipment was lacking.

Brazil has reported nearly 77,000 fires in the forest this year, an increase of about 85 over the same period last year. More than half of the fires are located in the Amazon rainforest.

Brazil’s “Sao Paulo” published an editorial on the 24th, warning the president of what might have caused the crisis triggered by the destruction of the Amazon rainforest to worsen.