The Pantanal region in Mato Grosso do Sul has five cities in an emergency situation due to the fires.
According to lieutenant colonel of the state Fire Department Tatiane Dias de Oliveira, there is an “exorbitant difference” in hot spots in the last 30 days compared to last year.
“In 2022, we had 60 outbreaks, now in 2023 this number is 1468 until last November 15th”, he stated, to CNN Radio.
The lieutenant colonel attributes this increase to the “extreme atmospheric conditions” recorded in MS.
“The conditions have been severe, normally in November we would have considerable rainfall, but this year there has been no rain,” he added.
Tatiane Dias added that “the hot air mass is large, without rain, but with lightning, and the vegetation is very dry, with strong winds.”
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“This generates isolated outbreaks in areas where there is no access to fight the fire, causing large fires”, he warned.
The lieutenant colonel said that there were no reports of injuries, but advised people to avoid areas with dense smoke in both rural and urban areas.
*Produced by Isabel Campos
Source: CNN Brasil
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