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Wildfires in South America Release Thick Cloud of Smoke

16.4S 63.5W

September 5th, 2011 Category: Fires

South America - September 4th, 2011

Smoke from scores of wildfires burning in South America blows towards the southeast; the tall Andes Mountains prevent the smoke from spreading westward.

Most of the fires are concentrated in Bolivia, where a state of emergency has been declared, although many fires are also ablaze in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. The situation is reminiscent of last year’s wildfire problems in the same region (click here for previous images).

Most of these fires were probably set on purpose in order to clear land for crops or pasture, then began to burn out of control due to dry weather and winds.

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