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Brazil: Amazon rainforest fire interrupts football match

Brazil, Rio Branco
August 29, 2019 at 02:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

A lower-league Brazilian football match in Rio Branco was halted on Sunday due to smoke from nearby fires, just some of the thousands of wildfires ravaging the Amazonian rainforest.

Players were spotted running off the pitch to escape the noxious fumes. The game between Atletico Acreano and Luverdense restarted once the fire had been contained.

The Amazon basin has experienced a dramatic upsurge in fires this year, according to satellite data form Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.

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A lower-league Brazilian football match in Rio Branco was halted on Sunday due to smoke from nearby fires, just some of the thousands of wildfires ravaging the Amazonian rainforest.

Players were spotted running off the pitch to escape the noxious fumes. The game between Atletico Acreano and Luverdense restarted once the fire had been contained.

The Amazon basin has experienced a dramatic upsurge in fires this year, according to satellite data form Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.

W/S Football match with wildfire in background, Rio Branco

W/S Football match with wildfire in background

W/S Players flee pitch from smoke

W/S Players flee pitch from smoke

W/S Players flee pitch from smoke

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