Thick Smoke from Fires in Bolivia Near Brazil Border – August 26th, 201014S 59.5W
Smoke from fires in Bolivia hangs in the air near the Brazil-Bolivia border and drifts across, over the skies of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. A state of emergency has been declared in Bolivia as forest fires spread across the country.
The worst of the destruction has taken place in Bolivia’s Amazon and eastern regions, close to the country’s border with Brazil. As of August 20th, reported the BBC, almost 25,000 fires have destroyed about 1.5m hectares (3.7m acres) of land and more than 60 houses. Smoke from the fires has also delayed numerous flights and forced several airports to close for short periods.
President Evo Morales described the fires as “a natural phenomenon”, despite explaining that they were mostly caused by farmers clearing land ahead of the planting season. He said they had lost control of them and the fires had spread rapidly.