Fire outbreaks increased in the Amazon and Cerrado in the first seven months of 2022

01 agosto 2022


The Amazon had almost 13 thousand fire outbreaks between January and July, an increase of 14% compared to the same period in 2021

By WWF-Brazil 


In the first seven months of 2022, the number of fire outbreaks increased by 14% in the Amazon and 6% in the Cerrado, compared to the same period last year, according to the Queimadas Program of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). In addition to the substantial increase in the number of fires, there is also a tendency for the burned area to increase.

In the Amazon, 12,906 fire outbreaks were detected between the beginning of January and the end of July, an increase of 14% compared to the same period in 2021. There was an increase of 9% compared to the average of the last 10 years for the period . 

Regarding the burned area, data are available until the end of June. In the first six months of 2022, the fire affected 7,625 km2 in the biome, an increase of 53% compared to the first six months of 2021.

In July 2022 alone, 5,373 fire outbreaks were detected, 8% more than in July last year. The area burned in June was 2,679 km2, an increase of 4% compared to the same month in 2021.

In the Cerrado, 17,582 fire outbreaks were detected between the beginning of January and the end of July - an increase of 6% compared to the same period last year. This value also represented an increase of 24% compared to the average of the last 10 years. 

Between January and June this year, the area burned in the Cerrado was 21,346 km2, an increase of 16% compared to June 2021. The area burned in June in the Cerrado was 11,701 km2, an increase of 16% compared to June last year.

Edegar de Oliveira, director of Conservation and Restoration at WWF-Brazil, warns of the growing trend of destruction, especially in the Cerrado biome. "The high numbers of fire outbreaks represent a lack of concrete control actions, both for the Amazon and for the other biomes. It is important to note that, although the percentage increase in the Cerrado was smaller than in the Amazon, the area burned was higher, and at very high levels - which is very worrying for a biome whose area corresponds to half of the Amazon. This biome has already lost more than 50% of its original vegetation and continues to suffer pressure from several fronts, directly impacting the country's water levels and the loss of the region's unique species", he says.
 

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