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Brazil: Army brigade deployed to fight Amazon rainforest fires in Brazil

Brazil, Porto Velho
August 27, 2019 at 15:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Another brigade of Brazilian troops and military planes were deployed in Porto Velho to help fight the fires raging through the Amazon rainforest in Brazil's western state of Rondonia on Tuesday, as over 1,500 new fires were reported to have broken out across the country in recent days.

According to Major Paixao, a staff of 900 men, 150 army vehicles and 20 aircraft belonging to the 17th Army Brigade, have been sent to aid the fight against the raging fires in the region.

"The brigade had already started acting with the objective of combating environmental crimes with the priority at that time for hot spots and fire points, still on Saturday. So the brigade troops have been on the ground since last Saturday" Major Paixao said.

"Since the moment we have been there, there has been a significant reduction of the hot spots" he added.

The Amazon rainforest, producing nearly 20 percent of earth's oxygen and often referred to as 'planet's lungs', has been suffering the worst ever fires recorded for the pasts weeks, affecting Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.

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Another brigade of Brazilian troops and military planes were deployed in Porto Velho to help fight the fires raging through the Amazon rainforest in Brazil's western state of Rondonia on Tuesday, as over 1,500 new fires were reported to have broken out across the country in recent days.

According to Major Paixao, a staff of 900 men, 150 army vehicles and 20 aircraft belonging to the 17th Army Brigade, have been sent to aid the fight against the raging fires in the region.

"The brigade had already started acting with the objective of combating environmental crimes with the priority at that time for hot spots and fire points, still on Saturday. So the brigade troops have been on the ground since last Saturday" Major Paixao said.

"Since the moment we have been there, there has been a significant reduction of the hot spots" he added.

The Amazon rainforest, producing nearly 20 percent of earth's oxygen and often referred to as 'planet's lungs', has been suffering the worst ever fires recorded for the pasts weeks, affecting Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.

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SOT, Major Paixao, Media Officer of the 17th Army Jungle Infantry Brigade in Rondonia (Portuguese): "Effectively, the GLO, Guarantee of law and order, started giving the order yesterday at 8:00 am, and to fulfill the missions of the GLO, the brigade received the areas of operation of the states of Rondonia and Acre. It occurs that in Rondonia, the brigade had already started acting with the objective of combating environmental crimes with a priority at that time for hot spots and fire points, still on Saturday. So the brigade troops have been on the ground since last Saturday. For this mission the estimated employment is of 900 men, 150 vehicles and about 20 aircraft in all, throughout the operation, in these two states when the whole operation is underway. Since the moment we have been there, there has been a significant reduction of the hot spots in both states due to the effective action of the troops and also due to the weather conditions, there were rains during this period."

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