Fight to save Brazil’s tropical wetlands from flames

Preliminary figures from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, according to satellite pictures, indicate that almost 5,800 square kilometers (1.5 million hectares) have burnt from the Pantanal region as the beginning of August — an expanse similar to the region consumed by the historical blazes now afflicting California. Additionally, it is well beyond the former fire season album from 2005.

Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, whose satellites track the flames, said the amount of Panantal fires at the first 12 days of September was almost triple the amount for the same period this past year. From January through August, the number of fires over tripled, topping 10,000.

Fernando Torquato, that has been living and working close to the Encontro Das Aguas book since 2008, said he has never seen the flames as awful as this season.

“It’s a massive area that’s been burnt and consumed by the flame. And we have another two, three, or even four months without any rain” beforehand, ” he explained.

Firefighters, volunteers, and troops have been scrambling to locate and rescue jaguars and other animals until they are actuated by the fires, which were affected by the worst drought in 47 decades, strong winds, and temperatures exceeding 40 degrees centigrade (104 Fahrenheit).

While illegal logging, mining, and farming surgeries are blamed for the majority of the fires in the Amazon area to the northwest, a spokesman for Mato Grosso nation’s firefighters,” Lt. Col. Sheila Sebalhos, stated among the source of the year’s Pantanal fires would be the tradition of burning roots to smoke crazy bees out of their hives to extract honey.

The Pantanal holds tens of thousands of animal and plant species, such as 159 mammals, and it abounds with jaguars, as stated by the World Wildlife Fund. Throughout the rainy season, rivers overflow their banks flooding the territory, making the majority of it available only by boat and airplane. From the dry season, wildlife fans flock to find the generally furtive jaguars lounging on riverbanks, together with macaws, caimans, and capybaras.

Approximately 200 jaguars in the region have been injured, killed, or driven by their lands by thew fires, based on Panthera, a global wild cat conservation firm.

Firefighters and the Mato Grosso surroundings ministry have produced a center for rescued animals.

“We feel somewhat discouraged, but we strive to have hope to save the couple animals we could,” said vet Karen Ribeiro, 26, who had been treating a wounded bird on Friday.