The Amazon wildfires that hit Brazil and Bolivia have receded following the heavy rains that poured down last month. The downpour had helped members of Bolivia’s military put out the fires that blazed for more than two months, which razed about four (4) million hectares of Amazon lands.
Cinthia Asin, official spokesperson for the Sta. Cruz provincial government, regarding environmental issues, said that satellite images show that no more fires have been detected, indicating that none of the forest fires have reactivated. Santa Cruz, a farming province located in eastern Bolivia, is said to be the hardest-hit by the raging fires.
Bolivia’s national weather services also reported that in the Chiquitania region of Bolivia’s Amazon forest, fires have already been quenched as none have been registered as of late. Still, the weather agency warns that the risk of fires recurring is still present, since the return of the searing heat of the sun, combined with high temperatures could set off another wildfire.
That is why Bolivia’s Armed Forces Commander Williams Kaliman, said there are still no immediate orders to withdraw 5,000 troops who were sent to put out the worst fire ever recorded in Bolivia over the past two decades. Critics and opponents of Bolivia’s President Evo Morales blame the government’s current policy of increasing agricultural sites by way of deforestation.
The Amazon wildfires in Bolivia have receded, but the Bolivian people’s anger at President Evo still rages, now that he won a 4th term as president of Bolivia following a controversial election. .
Bolivians Protest Results of Recent Bolivia Election as President Evo Gets Re-Elected
Although, Evo Morales made a milestone in Bolivian history to be the first Bolivia president with indigenous roots, many of the country’s indigenous tribes have marched to the provincial capital to demonstrate their disapproval of the government’s slow action in responding to the forest fires. More than 1,000 men and women volunteer firefighters came out to help prevent the fire from spreading
Yet Evo Morales’ government reported that it has spent more than $20 million in efforts to put out the fires, which all the more made the people march to the streets. Recent news show that even the local police in some towns have joined the citizens in calling for Evo Morales’s removal from office.