President Evo Morales Joins Firefighters to Battle Wildfires in Bolivia
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales joined firefighters in Santa Rosa, Tuesday, August 27, to help crews put out wildfires, as the country struggles to contain blazes across Bolivia.
The blazes are burning across vast swaths of hilly tropical forest and savannahs near Bolivia’s border with Paraguay and Brazil. At least 1 million hectares, or approximately 3,800 square miles, have been impacted by the fires, officials said.
Bolivia late last week contracted a Boeing 747 “Supertanker” from the United States to help with the firefighting, and has mobilized more than 2,000 firefighters, as well as small aircraft and helicopters. (Reuters)