RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With about one million hectares destroyed by the fires in little over a month in Mato Grosso do Sul, the governor declared a state of emergency in a publication scheduled in the Official Gazette for this Thursday, September 12th.

Most of the affected areas includes municipalities in the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland area and a region that is already facing 45 days of drought.

On Tuesday, the governor of Mato Grosso, Mauro Mendes (DEM), also declared an emergency situation in the state due to the increase in forest fires.

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