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Dry September Continues to Stoke Fires in Bolivia

14.9S 66.1W

September 24th, 2010 Category: Fires, Lakes, Salt Flats

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia - September 20th, 2010

While rains and cooler temperatures calmed the forest fires raging in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, over a week ago, this winter’s persistent drought has once again stoked the fires in eastern Bolivia. Here, thick smoke once again covers the air over Bolivia, Peru and Brazil.

According to the Control Authority of Forests and Lands of Bolivia (ABT), the number of forest fire hotspots in Santa Cruz has grown to 874 and given the forcasts predicting a dry September, those fires are expected to increase. Authorities in the driest areas of Santa Cruz have asked farmers, ranchers, and the general population to refrain from starting fires for any reason.

Also visible in the lower left quadrant are the dark blue Lake Titicaca, the white salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, and the greenish Lake PoopĆ³, situated between the two.

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