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Story Publication logo September 3, 2020

Fires Follow the New Arc of Deforestation in the Amazon (Portuguese)

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Pocone, Mato Grosso, Brazil: Flames raises from a trunk in a farm at Pocone village. Image by Antonio Scorza / Shutterstock. Brazil, 2020.
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Smoke rises from a trunk in a farm at Pocone village. Image by Antonio Scorza / Shutterstock. Brazil, 2020.
Smoke rises from a trunk in a farm at Pocone village. Image by Antonio Scorza / Shutterstock. Brazil, 2020.

The 2020 fire season in Amazonas, Brazil, is shaping up to be the largest since 1998, when the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) began monitoring fires in the Amazon. The government of Amazonas says it has taken measures to curb illegal practices since last June, but these efforts have been ineffective. Compared to 2019, one of the worst fire years in the region, the number of hot spots recorded in July increased by 33%. In August, there was an increase of 19%.

Experts estimate that, due to the deforestation rates that have already been detected, Amazonas still has a lot to burn this year. The most critical areas are located in the Southern part of the state, including the municipalities of Lábrea and Apuí. The region is becoming the new frontier of the arc of deforestation -- a new front for the environmental crisis in the region.

To read the full version of this article in Portuguese, visit InfoAmazonia's website.

A temporada do fogo em 2020 no Amazonas pode ser uma das maiores, desde 1998, quando o Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (Inpe) iniciou o monitoramento de queimadas na Amazônia. O governo do estado do Amazonas diz que adota medidas para coibir a prática ilegal desde o último mês de junho, mas elas têm se mostrado ineficientes. Na comparação com 2019, um dos piores anos de queimadas na região, o número de focos de calor registrados em julho aumentou 33%. Em agosto, houve aumento de 19%.

Especialistas avaliam que, pelos índices de desmatamento já registrados, o Amazonas ainda tem muito o que queimar este ano. As áreas mais críticas estão localizadas no sul do estado, como os municípios de Lábrea e Apuí. A região está se consolidando como a nova fronteira do arco do desmatamento, uma nova frente de crimes ambientais no bioma.