10:04 GMT22 October 2020
Listen Live
    Latin America
    Get short URL
    0 40

    BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Bolivia's Civil Aviation Authority banned flights over the Amazon rain forest area which is facing intense wildfires, local media reported, adding that a Boeing 747 Supertanker will fly from California, the United States, to participate in extinguishing the fires.

    The fire had destroyed 744,000 hectares of the rain forest and agricultural lands in Bolivia, the ABI news agency reported on Thursday.

    The fires in Amazonia have been underway for three weeks. According to the satellite data provided by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE), this year, the wildfire area increased by 82 percent compared to 2018.

    Boeing 747 Supertanker is capable of carrying up 70,000 litres (18,500 gallons) of water. It was involved in fighting massive wildfires in Chile in 2017.


    NASA's 'Flying Lab' Takes Snap of Rare 'Fire Cloud' as Part of Study on Wildfires
    Apocalyptic Skies as Water Bombers Combat Wildfires on Greece's Second Largest Island (Video)
    Amazon Wildfires Turn Daytime Skies in Brazil’s São Paulo Into Night (Photos, Video)
    Amazon, Forest fire, wildfires, Bolivia
    Community standardsDiscussion