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the season of forest fires in Bolivia Already devastated almost a million hectares. The danger that they spread persists in some forested and agricultural areas that are in the east of the neighboring country. The emergency, fire and military services are facing more than 500 sources of fire detected by satellite images.

But according to the calculations of the secretariat of Civil defense In Bolivia, the declared active fires are barely around twenty. The preliminary report highlights that the fires affected 80% of grasslands and small bushes, mainly due to drought and the use of fire by farmers to clear cropland.

“Our goal of this management is to prevent the number affected from reaching 1.5 million (hectares)”, declared the deputy minister of civil defense, Juan Carlos Calvimontes. “Compared to the more than 5 million hectares in 2019, you see a significant reduction,” she added.

The government assured that efforts were increased to prevent the burning of forested areas, such as the Aguarague Reservean area rich in fauna and flora that borders Argentina. “Bolivian and Argentine firefighters joined forces to fight the flames, because the fire came from the neighboring country and crossed the border to reach Bolivia,” the official said. Mayor of Yacuiba, Carlos Brureported Reuters.

“It hurts us to see the fire on our hill, because the flora and fauna have been affected,” said the official. He also added that “the green macaw, parrots, monkeys and toucans and other varieties of animals that inhabit this place have been affected.”

Source: Elintransigente

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