Burns in the Amazon increased 30% in 2019, says INPE

The year of 2019 had a 30% increase in the number of outbreaks of fires in the Amazon compared to 2018, according to the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) through the Burned Program. The Amazon biome recorded 89,178 outbreaks in total, while the previous year totaled 68,345. It is the highest index since 2017 that accounted for 107,439 outbreaks.

2019 was not a year chosen by extreme drought, but deforestation coupled with human action, such as Fire Day, for example, gave as hands to increase the burns. In August 2019, the biome firing had its peak, with 30,901 outbreaks, followed by September with 19,925 fires outbreaks.