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The Brazilian Government confirms that it will send the Army to fight fires in the Amazon

August 24, 2019

MADRID, Aug. 24 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has signed a decree on Friday to authorize the sending of Army troops to help fight fires in the Amazon, as reported by the Brazilian newspaper 'O Globo'.

According to the decree, which will enter into force this Saturday until September 24, the military must participate in “preventive and repressive actions against environmental crimes” and act in coordination with local public security agencies.

So far the number of Army members who will participate in the work of extinction is unknown. The Brazilian defense minister, Fernando Azevedo e Silva, must now allocate the available resources and the commands that will be responsible for the operation.

Bolsonaro has later assured that his Government is very aware of the situation and that he will fight against “environmental crime” as he does with common crimes. He also stressed that the dissemination of “false information” about the situation in the north of the country “does not help solve” the problem.

For his part, the head of the Brazilian Armed Forces, Edson Leal Pujol, has indicated that his soldiers are prepared to defend the Amazon, although his words seemed to refer more to threats other than fires.

“Do not make mistakes the unsuspecting who insist on safeguarding the purposes of the Brazilian Amazon; the soldiers will always be alert and vigilant, ready to defend and repel any kind of threat,” said the military in an act of Brasilia, as he has collected Reuters agency.

According to data from the Space Research Institute of Brazil (INPE) so far this year the fires have increased 83 percent over the same period of 2018. In 2019 this state agency has registered 72,843 fires, the highest number since it reached the previous record in 2013. Between August 15 and 20, satellites accounted for 9,500.