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Authorities in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, warn that fires are advancing and more than 3 million hectares have been burned

2019-09-24T18:46:36.482Z

After the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, will assure in a forum at the United Nations in New York that "Bolivia is winning the battle against fire", authorities of the Operation Center ...



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1 of 11 | Aerial view of the damages caused by forest fires in the Otuquis National Park, in the Pantanal ecoregion of Bolivia, southeast of the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. Like its right-wing rival, President Jair Bolsonaro In neighboring Brazil, the leader of the Bolivian leftist Evo Morales faces the growing fury of environmental groups over voracious forest fires in his own country. While fires in the Amazon have attracted worldwide attention, fires in Bolivia have been largely unleashed during the last month, devastating more than 9,500 square kilometers (3,600 square miles) of forests and grasslands. (PABLO COZZAGLIO / AFP / Getty Images)

2 of 11 | This is a Supertanker, an air fire fighting aircraft, flying over the fires that are unleashed near Robore, Santa Cruz region, eastern Bolivia, south of the Amazon basin, on August 23, 2019. The outbreaks of The fire, which has swept around 750,000 hectares of forest and crops, was caused by the burning of the fields, said the Office of Heat Approach of the Land and Forest Authority (ABT) earlier this week . (TR / AFP / Getty Images)

3 of 11 | Aerial view of smoke coming out of a fire near Charagua in Bolivia, on the border with Paraguay, south of the Amazon basin, on August 29, 2019. The fires are estimated to have destroyed 1.2 million hectares of forest and grasslands in Bolivia this year, the government said Wednesday, although environmentalists say the figure is much higher. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

4 of 11 | Smoke rises from forest fires in the community of Quitunuquina, near Robore, in eastern Bolivia, south of the Amazon basin, on August 28, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

5 of 11 | The wind blows dust and leaves when a fire burns near Charagua in Bolivia, on the border with Paraguay, south of the Amazon basin, this August 29, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

6 of 11 | An area affected by forest fires in the Otuquis National Park, in the Pantanal ecoregion of Bolivia, southeast of the Amazon basin. Evo Morales faces the growing fury of environmental groups over voracious forest fires in his own country. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

7 of 11 | The remains of a snake lie on the ground in an area affected by forest fires in the Otuquis National Park, in the Pantanal ecoregion of Bolivia, southeast of the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

8 of 11 | A man holds a dead snake in an area affected by forest fires in the Otuquis National Park, in the Pantanal ecoregion of Bolivia, southeast of the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images )

9 of 11 | A dead snake lies on the ground in an area affected by forest fires in the Otuquis National Park, in the Pantanal ecoregion of Bolivia, southeast of the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

10 of 11 | Firefighters attempt to control a fire near Charagua, Bolivia, on the border with Paraguay, south of the Amazon basin, on August 29, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

11 of 11 | Bolivian President Evo Morales helps firefighters try to control a fire near Charagua, Bolivia, on the border with Paraguay, south of the Amazon basin, on August 29, 2019. (AIZAR RALDES / AFP / Getty Images)

(CNN Spanish) - After the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, will assure in a forum at the United Nations in New York that “Bolivia is winning the battle against fire”, authorities of the Emergency Operations Center warned at a conference Press release on Monday, that the fires are advancing and are 15 kilometers from a national park.

The director of the Emergency Operations Center, Enrique Bruno, said from Santa Cruz that there are 49 active sources of fire that affect 15 municipalities in the department.

"The fire continues to advance and every day that passes thousands of hectares continue to burn," Bruno said. According to authorities, to date 3,300,000 hectares have been burned.

Bruno explained that they sent a letter to the Ministry of Defense expressing concern about the rapid progress of the fires.

“We ask the National Government so that all the machinery that is being requested can be implemented,” said Bruno.

Source: cnnespanol

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