Bolsonaro Issues Decree Prohibiting Fires in Country for 60 Days

Measure is response to the fires in the Amazon region that created a crisis for the government

Talita Fernandes Gustavo Uribe

President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) signed on Wednesday (28) a decree that prohibits for 60 days, the use of fire in the country. The measure is a response to the fires that hit the Amazon region and created a crisis for the Brazilian government.

President Jair Bolsonaro with minister Ricardo Salles. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

According to the decree, the suspension of fire does not apply to "phytosanitary control when authorized by the competent environmental agency, for fire prevention and fighting practices and subsistence farming practices performed by traditional and indigenous cultures" . The government reports that the measure is "exceptional and temporary" and aims to protect the environment.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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