Brazil’s Pantanal hit by record fires in July


An aerial view of the flames that consume the Pantanal, in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The Brazilian municipalities of Corumba and Ladario declared an emergency because of the fires that are advancing through the extensive Pantanal biome. – EPA pic, August 1, 2020.

THE Pantanal, the largest tropical wetlands in the world, suffered a record number of fires in July, according to satellite data, prompting the Brazilian government to deploy the army to fight them.

Brazil’s national space agency, INPE, identified 1,669 fires this month in the Brazilian Pantanal, triple the number from July 2019 and the worst month on record since it began tracking in 1998.


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