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More than 22,000 outbreaks of forest fires have been detected this year. In the same period of 2015, the number was no more than 15 thousand. Monitoring data are from the National Institute of Space Research (INPE).

Amazon was the biome that registered the most outbreaks: 49.7%. Mato Grosso, Roraima, Tocantins and Pará were the Brazilian states with more fire. This data already counts the first six days of June.

The coordinator of the Research and Monitoring Center of Prevfogo – National Center for the Prevention and Combat of Forest Fires, Rossano Marchetti, says that climatic phenomena are mainly responsible for the increase.

“We’re going through one of the worst El Ninos recorded. And among the consequences the decrease of rainfall in the north / northeast of the Amazon, “says Rossano.

Rossano explains that the dry climate facilitates the spread of fire, but human action is the major cause of fires, such as the use of burning techniques on crops. According to the Research and Monitoring coordinator of Prevfogo, although the beginning of the year has registered many hot spots, most of the registrations happen between the months of August and October.

“Just to give you an idea of the heat outbreaks recorded in the first four months of the year, in proportion to the year; it is less than 4% in the first few months. Now we are going to enter the driest season in Brazil, where there is a lot of burning and fires. We are not leaving the critical phase “, explains Rossano.

Rossano points out that in order to prevent fires the rural producer should look for alternatives to the fires. He also points out that even though Brazilian legislation prohibits the release of balloons, the practice, which grows a lot due to the June festivities, further increases the number of fires in the country.

Check out this Monday’s (6) Reporter Amazônia:

– Accident with power grid kills two people in the Amazon;-

– Trade bets on clothing products for Valentine’s Day;

Also: in São Luís, June festivities will have storytelling for children.

Repórter Amazônia is a production of the Amazon Public Radios Network and airs from Monday to Friday, at 6.30 pm by Rádio Nacional da Amazônia.

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