- Title: Bolivian wildfire leaves scorched forest and burned animals in its wake
- Date: 26th August 2021
- Summary: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (AUGUST 25, 2021) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SOLON FOUNDATION ENVIRONMENTALIST, PABLO SOLON, SAYING: "According to the INRA (Agrarian Reform National Institute) statistics the entrepreneurs, the big land owners, are responsible for the 86% of the burned land, the burned forests until the 14 of August. This means that the main factor behind the fires we are experiencing are not accidents nor climate change."
- Embargoed: 9th September 2021 19:29
- Keywords: Bolivia Candelaria San Matias Santa Cruz fire forestfire
- Location: CANDELARIA, POZONES, SANTA CRUZ DEPARTMENT/ LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
- City: CANDELARIA, POZONES, SANTA CRUZ DEPARTMENT/ LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
- Country: Bolivia
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,South America / Central America,Wildfires/Forest Fires
- Reuters ID: LVA002ERX4YFB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: QUALITY AS INCOMING, THIS EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
Wildfires in Bolivia have left behind dozens of scorched animals and 600,000 hectares of burned forests in the Santa Cruz department.
Eight municipalities have been declared disaster zones while volunteers, firefighters, the military, and local authorities do not have enough equipment to stop the fires.
"According to the INRA (Agrarian Reform National Institute) statistics, the entrepreneurs, the big landowners, are responsible for the 86% of the burned forests," environmentalist and former Bolivian ambassador at the UN Pablo Solon told Reuters.
Solon said that fires started in private lands, and weather conditions spread to protected areas and villages.
(Production: Santiago Limachi, Sergio Limachi, Monica Machicao, Nina Lopez)
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