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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to data from the Queimadas Program of the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), the agency that monitors fires, the fires this past August in the Amazon were almost three times the number recorded last year.

There were 30,901 fires until this Saturday, 31st, compared to 10,421 in August of last year - an increase of 196 percent.

The total number of outbreaks also exceeds the historical monthly average for August -- 25,853 -- measured between 1998 and 2018. It is the highest  since August 2010 - a year of severe historical drought with 45,018 . . .

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