Four states ask for help of the armed forces for firefighting

Roraima, Rondônia, Pará e Tocantins pediram apoio do Executivo federal.
24/08/2019 14h33 - Updated 25/08/2019 12h56

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The government confirmed today (24) the states of Roraima, Rondônia, Tocantins and Pará asked the federal executive aid to fight forest fires. According to the Ministry of Defense, search for 44 thousand armed forces personnel are continually in the Amazon region and may be used in operations.

The confirmation was made by Environment Minister, Ricardo Salles, during press conference. Salles attended a meeting on Saturday morning with the Minister of Defense, Fernando Azevedo e Silva.

Yesterday (23), President Jair Bolsonaro signed the decree authorizing the use of the Armed Forces to assist in fighting fires in the Amazon rainforest. The Law and Order Assurance decree (GLO) goes for border areas, indigenous lands, federal units of conservation and other areas of the Amazon.

According to the Minister of Defense, membership of local governments is important for the work to combat environmental crimes and fires are not limited to federal areas.

“It is important to adherence of governments but we will be limited to federal areas, which are protected areas and indigenous lands. It's already something, but it is not enough. It has to be a union of all. Everyone is helping better”, the minister said.

The Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salles, He said the state will support the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), bodies belonging to the folder, for fire fighting.

“You can not develop surveillance activities without the state support. With the Environmental GLO'm sure, involvement with the Ministry of Defense, Armed Forces, we very effectively what we had been trying very hard from the beginning of the year”, he said.

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the coordination of operations, the first steps were taken on Saturday. A helicopter IBAMA and two fire-fighting aircraft will be sent to Porto Velho.

An operations center established in the ministry coordinates the actions.

Defense Minister, Fernando Azevedo e Silva, also said that the folder has budgeted US $ 28 million for expenditure on actions GLO, but the value is Contingent. However, second or minister, the descontingenciamento has been agreed with the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, during a meeting. “I'm at a stage where I just believe when I open the safe and see”, he said.

President Jair Bolsonaro said the work of the federal government to leave today (24) the Alvorada Palace en route to a scheduled lunch with the vice president, Hamilton Mourão, the Palace of Jaburu.

"What we can do we are doing. If I had millions of people could not do prevention. Staff is burned. It is almost a tradition in the region ", said Bolsonaro, noting that, if necessary, Amazon goes to check closely the situation.

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