A Washington Post story headlined 'Bolsonaro, Trump, and the nationalists ignoring climate disaster' quotes Vitor Gomes, an environmental scientist at the Federal University of Para:
"I cannot remember any other big fire episode like this one."
According to the BBC:
Brazil's Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, new space agency data suggests.
The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) said its satellite data showed an 84% increase on the same period in 2018.
According to NPR:
Brazil's president is facing backlash after suggesting, without evidence, that nongovernmental organizations might be setting fires in the Amazon rainforest to make him look bad.
There have been more than 74,000 wildfires in Brazil this year — an 80% surge since last year.
Half the fires in Brazil so far this year, nearly 36,000 of them, have ignited in just the past month.
That's nearly as many as in all of 2018.https://www.npr.org/2019/08/21/753140642/tens-of-thousands-of-fires-ravage-brazilian-amazon-where-deforestation-has-spike …