Bolivia: Santa Cruz forest fires destroy nearly 800,000 hectares, ravaging protected areas

Forest fires are not letting up in Bolivia. For the third consecutive year, fire is devastating ecosystems such as the Chaco, Chiquitanía and Pantanal, as well as forests in the Bolivian Amazon. Some have spread to neighboring Paraguay.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Close to 800,000 hectares (around 3,000 square miles) have burned, while experts and specialists fear a repeat of the devastation of past years. In 2019, the fires destroyed nearly 6 million hectares, while in 2020 the figure reached 4 million.

On Friday, August 27, Yovenka Rosado, head of the Forest Fire Unit of the Santa Cruz governor's office, said that fires have consumed 786,584 hectares to date in the department of Santa Cruz alone.

In the past month it has been the most affected department, where large forest fires have been registered . . .

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