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Amazon fires continue, setting terrifying record

Amazon fires continue, setting terrifying record Photo: NBC .

August 21, 2019 09:10 PM

BRAZIL - Wildfires continue to blaze across the Amazon Rainforest, hitting a record number this year. 

The massive blazes can be seen tearing down vegetation as the country struggles to find ways to contain it. So far, more than 72,000 fires have been detected by Brazil's Space Research Center (INPE).

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The surge marks an 83% increase since 2018, the highest since records began in 2013. 

Since Thursday, INPE said satellite images spotted almost 10,000 new forest fires in the country, mostly in the Amazon basin. 

The unexpected surge began since President Jair Bolsonaro took office in January. He vowed to develop the region for farming and mining, ignoring concerns of deforestation. 

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