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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Newly released data from NASA and the University of California are leading scientists to forecast that forests in the eastern portion of the Amazon region will face above-average risks for fire this year, due to the occurrence of the climate phenomenon known as El Niño. According to NASA officials, the three regions with the highest risks are located in Brazil, specifically in the states of Maranhão, Mato Grosso and Pará.

"We're building towards a moderate to strong El Niño, that places even more fire risk . . .

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