Widespread Burning Leads to State of Emergency in Brazil

    Twelve municipalities in the Brazilian northern state of Acre declared a state of emergency on account of the smoke emitted by burnings in Mato Grosso, Rondônia, and Bolivia, as well as hundred of fires within the state itself.

    According to the acting secretary of the Acre Institute of the Environment (Imac), Fernando Lima, the smoke that is already blanketing nearly all of the state is being brought to Acre, which is located on the Brazilian border with Peru and Bolivia, by cold fronts originating in the Southeast and South of Brazil.


    “We also have 244 blazes of our own, and we are asking people not to set fire to their pastures, to keep the fire from spreading,” he remarked.


    Lima said that the smoke has abated in the last two days, improving visibility, but the climate remains dry, with the relative humidity at around 30%.


    “Teams of firefighters and farmers are working to put out the fires, and the Civil Defense office has already assumed responsibility for containing them,” he said.


    Priority is being given to areas of environmental protection and ecologicial reserves.


    Upon orders from Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the Minister of National Integration, Ciro Gomes, a team of experts from the Disaster Response and Reconstruction Department of the National Civil Defense Office (Sedec) is arriving in Acre today to help the state government in the firefighting effort, the identification of the causes, and the analysis and prevention of forest fires.


    Agência Brasil

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (0)

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    LETTERS

    Basic education in Brazil is in chaos. A little more than 30% of students ...

    Brazil’s Textile Industry Making Eyes at Russia

    The Brazilian textile industry should close out the year with sales of US$ 22 ...

    Shock Treatment

    Brazil needs a major and radical government change to be able avoid an economic ...

    Job Is Brazil’s Biggest Worry Now

    Brazil’s CNT/Sensus survey released today indicates that job creation is what most worries 48% ...

    Italian prime minister Romano Prodi

    Brazil’s Lula Calls on US and EU to Change Unfair Trading Model

    In Brazilian capital BrasÀ­lia, the Prime Minister of Italy, Romano Prodi, stated this Tuesday, ...

    Brazil’s Ex-President Cardoso to Chair Unctad’s Panel

    The former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso is going to chair a Panel of ...

    Bradesco was the most benefitted by Portugal investment

    Portugal Invests Over Half a Billion Dollars in Brazil. A 49% Jump

    Direct investment in Brazil from Portugal rose 48.9% in 2007 in comparison with the ...

    Should Brazil Adopt a New Currency?

    The following articles were originally published by The Brasilians, the oldest Brazilian newspaper in ...

    Rapporteur Joaquim Barbosa

    Brazil’s Supreme Follows the Money and Condemns Lula’s Top Aide for Corruption

    Brazil’s Supreme Court continued the trial of Penal Case 470, the mensalão, second part ...

    Slam-bang Guga

    Slam-bang Guga Gustavo Kuerten, who every Brazilian is calling Guga these days, is tennis’ ...