On Friday, President Jair Bolsonaro signed the order authorizing the use of the Armed Forces to help fight fires in the Amazon jungle.
The so-called Law and Order Guarantee decree applies to border areas, indigenous lands, federal environmental conservation units and other areas of the Brazilian Amazon.
The afore-mentioned states will reportedly receive, too, the support from the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) and the Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces, which coordinates the operations, indicated that an Ibama helicopter and two fire planes will be sent shortly to Porto Velho.
According to the National Space Research Institute, wildfire in the world’s largest rainforest increased by 82 percent under the Bolsonaro government.