The Brazilian state of Amazonas turned to the military for help because of the ongoing severe forest fires. The news Agency Agência Brasil reported. This is the seventh state in which the military will help in extinguishing fires.
The decree, which allows using of the military in the disaster, previously signed by President Jair Bolsonaro. Now more than 43 thousand soldiers are involved in extinguishing fires.
Also, the defense Ministry of Brazil announced that the military began to use aircraft to dump water on burning forests, including — two large transport airliner Lockheed C-130 Hercules. Each can carry up to 12 thousand liters of water.
The number of forest fires in Brazil continues to increase. Since the beginning of the year there recorded almost 80 thousand fires, only for Friday — more than a thousand new. Most of them are in the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest.
President Jair Bolsonaro repeatedly refused assistance from other countries in fighting fires. He regards it as “interference in the internal affairs of the country.”