The Amazon rainforest is burning record numbers of fires this year with smoke being seen from space. According to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) satellite data showed an 83 percent increase in the same period in 2018. The space agency reports its satellite data has detected more than 72,000 fires since January 2019.
The heavy smoke caused a daytime blackout more than 1,700 miles away in Brazil’s largest city São Paulo on Monday.
Josélia Pegorim, Climatempo meteorologist, told Globo: “The smoke did not come from fires from the state of São Paulo, but from very dense and wide fires that have been going on for several days in Rondônia and Bolivia.
“The cold front changed the direction of the winds and transported this smoke to São Paulo.”
The smoke resulting from some of these wildfires was also captured in satellite images released by NASA.