The Amazon hasn’t stopped burning. There were 19,925 fire outbreaks last month, and ‘more fires’ are in the future.
The Amazon rainforest is burning, and scientists are urging countries to step up efforts to keep it that way.
In contrast to last summer’s flood of the Amazon rainforest, the severity of the current season is proving more difficult. In fact, 19,925 pyrocumulus clouds of active burning have been reported to US government firefighting agencies in the last month. The burning season on the Amazon starts each June and lasts until August.
A season of intense weather conditions
“This weather pattern does not mean things are good. What it does mean is that extreme rainfall patterns and wildfire situations are intensifying along the East and Gulf Coast. We are the third driest driest state after Alaska and South Dakota,” Greg Portman, chief of the Louisiana Fire Council, told the Guardian. “It’s hard to overestimate just how hot and destructive fire can be.”
The Amazon is burning in the form of pyrocumulus clouds because of human activity in its ecosystem. This air currents actually churn up sediment deposited by volcanoes or are channeled into rainforests. This sediment accumulates in forest sediments and “holds moisture that is poorly congealed into trees,” according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The Amazon is also being lost to climate change, with tropical rains becoming less plentiful as the Amazon’s tectonic plate shifts. The cloud cams, created by remote sensors, show how this is changing. A spectacular view was taken last summer of an Amazon canyon in the Amazon forest as the level of the cloud fell below the level of the trundle sub-surface terrain, causing the gravity to move the cloud upwards and upward.
Last summer saw exceptionally hot and intense heat, which threatened to burn virtually all forests in the Amazon jungle. Recently, the fires that threatened hundreds of homes in the Amazon basin have either been extinguished or partially burnt.
Military is doing its part
A “war on fire” is an intense battle between government officials and firefighting agencies. When government employees are directly participating in the firefighting effort, they do so with military security. However, these operations are only part of the equation.
Brazil recently passed a law that places any government employee that works on the Amazon as being an adversary to domestic firefighters, and requires them to report suspicious activity inside the Amazon.
“Unfortunately, Brazil has taken a hard stance on domestic firefighters in the Amazon rainforest because a close look at illegal loggers reveals that loggers are now actively burning within the Amazon,” Loren LaTour wrote for UC Berkeley in a recent web interview.
LaTour and others hope that curbing deforestation and improving the Amazon rainforest will work to stop the consequences of the rise in extreme weather. Firefighters are already seeing the effects of the heavy rainforest fires: Plane debris and some insects are still on the ground, where they are broken and turned to dust, added LaTour. “These flies are the first sign,” he said.