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Bolivia fires consume two million hectares

2019-09-10T15:58:27.920Z

Forest fires in Bolivia have consumed two million hectares, 900,000 of them, in protected areas, the Santa Cruz Governorate reported.


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1 of 11 | Aerial view of the damages caused by forest fires in the Otuquis National Park, in the Pantanal ecoregion of Bolivia, southeast of the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. Like its right-wing rival, President Jair Bolsonaro In neighboring Brazil, the leader of the Bolivian leftist Evo Morales faces the growing fury of environmental groups over voracious forest fires in his own country. While fires in the Amazon have attracted worldwide attention, fires in Bolivia have been largely unleashed during the last month, devastating more than 9,500 square kilometers (3,600 square miles) of forests and grasslands. (PABLO COZZAGLIO / AFP / Getty Images)

2 of 11 | This is a Supertanker, an air fire fighting aircraft, flying over the fires that are unleashed near Robore, Santa Cruz region, eastern Bolivia, south of the Amazon basin, on August 23, 2019. The outbreaks of The fire, which has swept around 750,000 hectares of forest and crops, was caused by the burning of the fields, said the Office of Heat Approach of the Land and Forest Authority (ABT) earlier this week . (TR / AFP / Getty Images)

3 of 11 | Aerial view of smoke coming out of a fire near Charagua in Bolivia, on the border with Paraguay, south of the Amazon basin, on August 29, 2019. The fires are estimated to have destroyed 1.2 million hectares of forest and grasslands in Bolivia this year, the government said Wednesday, although environmentalists say the figure is much higher. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

4 of 11 | Smoke rises from forest fires in the community of Quitunuquina, near Robore, in eastern Bolivia, south of the Amazon basin, on August 28, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

5 of 11 | The wind blows dust and leaves when a fire burns near Charagua in Bolivia, on the border with Paraguay, south of the Amazon basin, this August 29, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

6 of 11 | An area affected by forest fires in the Otuquis National Park, in the Pantanal ecoregion of Bolivia, southeast of the Amazon basin. Evo Morales faces the growing fury of environmental groups over voracious forest fires in his own country. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

7 of 11 | The remains of a snake lie on the ground in an area affected by forest fires in the Otuquis National Park, in the Pantanal ecoregion of Bolivia, southeast of the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

8 of 11 | A man holds a dead snake in an area affected by forest fires in the Otuquis National Park, in the Pantanal ecoregion of Bolivia, southeast of the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images )

9 of 11 | A dead snake lies on the ground in an area affected by forest fires in the Otuquis National Park, in the Pantanal ecoregion of Bolivia, southeast of the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

10 of 11 | Firefighters attempt to control a fire near Charagua, Bolivia, on the border with Paraguay, south of the Amazon basin, on August 29, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

11 of 11 | Bolivian President Evo Morales helps firefighters try to control a fire near Charagua, Bolivia, on the border with Paraguay, south of the Amazon basin, on August 29, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

(CNN Spanish) - Forest fires in Bolivia have consumed two million hectares, 900,000 of them, in protected areas, the Santa Cruz Governorate reported.

In a press conference on Monday from Santa Cruz, President Evo Morales explained that the hot spots in the Bolivian Chiquitanía are more than 1,000 and that the most affected regions are Concepción, San Ignacio de Velasco, San Matías and Charagua, when ratifying that in the last two populations the fire was recently reactivated.

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According to government data, Bolivia fights the fires in the Chiquitanía with a Boeing Supertanker, 50 cisterns, 15 helicopters, light aircraft, and more than 200 vehicles for the transport of at least 7,000 brigade and volunteer firefighters.

Enrique Bruno, director of the Emergency Operations Center (COEN), informed in a press conference that they will hold an emergency meeting this Tuesday, with representatives of the government and the Government of Morales, to evaluate the steps to follow to continue fighting the fires. One of the main concerns for Bruno is that a group of international experts who evaluated the fires recommended COEN to fight fires with heavy machinery because the intensity of the fires is too strong to be fought by firefighters.

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Source: cnnespanol

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