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The Amazon in Brazil is on fire

The Amazon in Brazil is on fire

Thousands of fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil - the most intense blazes for almost a decade. Click here to read the full report.

The northern states of Roraima, Acre, Rondônia and Amazonas have been particularly badly affected.

Brazil has seen a record number of fires in 2019, Brazilian space agency data suggests.

The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) says its satellite data shows an 85% increase on the same period in 2018.

Forest fires are common in the Amazon during the dry season, which runs from July to October. They can be caused by naturally occurring events, such as by lightning strikes, but also by farmers and loggers clearing land for crops or grazing.

Activists say the anti-environment rhetoric of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has encouraged such tree-clearing activities.