Fires are still breaking out in Brazil's Amazon and Cerrado regions
Fire consume brush at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:19PM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO - Fires are still breaking out in Brazil's Amazon and Cerrado regions.
The country's National Institute for Space Research published data Wednesday showing 7,457 fire alerts in the Amazon region and 8,012 in the Cerrado region in the first 10 days of September.
The number of fires in 2019 across Brazil has surpassed 100,000, which is about 45% more than during the same period a year ago.
The flames and smoke have disrupted life for many and attracted widespread attention in recent weeks.
The Amazon is considered particularly important for its absorption of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.