More than a quarter more forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon forest than a year ago

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In July, those satellites counted 6,803 wildfires in the Amazon. That is 28 percent more than in July last year. In August last year, the number of wildfires reached its highest level since measurements began in 1998, when diplomatic conflict between Brazil and the United States and Europe led to that.

July, August and September form the dry season in the area and the number of wildfires increases sharply. This is also the case in the vast wetlands of the Pantanal, which Brazil shares with neighboring countries Paraguay and Bolivia. In June, the number of fires there rose by 201 percent compared to last year. The Pantanal is home to jaguars, large anteaters, anaconda snakes, monkeys of all kinds and a wide variety of birds.

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