The Brazilian military has troops in the Amazon to fight the huge fires that swept the region and sparked international controversy.
The Brazilian Secretary of Defense said that about 44,000 troops would be available for "unprecedented" operations to be deployed. the fires and forces are targeting six Brazilian states that have sought federal aid.
"Forest protection is our duty," Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said in a televised address on Friday. "We are aware of this and will act to combat deforestation and criminal activities that put people at risk in the Amazon. We are a government with zero tolerance for crime and the environment will be no different."
The first military mission will be carried out by 700 soldiers around Porto Velho, the capital of Rondonia, said Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo.
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"This shows the concern of the Bolsonaro government on this," Azevedo said. "It was a very quick response."
A journalist for the Associated Press flying over the area of Porto Velho on Saturday morning reported foggy conditions and low visibility. On Friday, a reporter saw many deforested areas that had been burned, apparently by people clearing farmland, and a large pillar of smoke heard from a fire.
The municipality of Nova Santa Elena in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso was also severely affected. Trucks were spotted driving on the highway on Friday as fires blazed and embers burned in neighboring fields.
Azevedo noted a tweet from President Trump that the US leader offered to help Brazil fight fires, but added that Brazil and Washington had no further communication on the subject.
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However, the US has already started helping to fight the mass fires. A worldwide Boeing 747-400 firefighter carrying nearly 20,000 retardants, a substance used to stop fires, arrived on the border between Bolivia and Brazil from California on Friday.
Bolsonaro previously described the protection of tropical forests as an impediment to Brazil's economic development, sparring with critics who say the Amazon absorbs huge amounts of greenhouse gases and is critical to efforts to tackle climate change.
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Fires in the Amazon its commitments to biodiversity conservation. Protesters gathered outside Brazilian diplomatic missions in European and Latin American cities on Friday, and protesters also marched in Brazil.
The dispute spilled over into the economic scene when French President Emmanuel Macron threatened to block the European Union's trade agreement with Brazil and several other South American countries. He wants a group of seven leaders to meet at a summit in France this weekend to discuss the Amazon crisis.
"First we have to help Brazil and other countries put out these fires," Macron said Saturday.
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climate, thanks to the oxygen it emits and the carbon it absorbs, "he said.
Bolivia also fights the control of fires that sweep through forests and fields. The government of Bolivian President Evo Morales has supported increased crop production for biofuels, raising questions whether the policy is paving the way for more burning. The Bolivian government says 3680 square miles have been burned this year.
On Saturday, several helicopters along with police, troops, firefighters and volunteers on earth worked to extinguish fires in the Chikitania area of Bolivia, where the forests are dry. time of year.
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Similarly, Bolsonaro had said he wanted to convert land for cattle grazing and soybean farms. Brazilian prosecutors are investigating whether poor enforcement of environmental regulations could have contributed to the spike in wildfires.
Fires are common in Brazil during the dry season, but they are much more widespread this year. Brazilian state experts report nearly 77,000 fires nationwide so far this year, up 85% from the same period in 2018. More than half of those fires have occurred in the Amazon region.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.