Even during the rainy season in the Cerrado in January, the number of fires is above average.

Even during the rainy season in the Cerrado in January, the number of fires is above average.

In Cerrado, Brazil’s second largest biome, which has a rainy season from October to April, 763 fire outbreaks were recorded in January 2022. This number is 33% higher than the monthly average of 573 outbreaks, according to the Queimadas program at the Space Research Institute (INPE) and the second highest since 2015.

Even with the heavy rainfall recorded in Brazil’s central-western region, Cerrado has already registered 51 outbreaks in the first four days of February.

The INPE platform with the current fire situation indicates a high concentration of fires in the far west of Bahia, southwest of Piauí and south of Maranhao. These regions have large soybean production which continues to grow in the market. Yesterday (3) a sack of grain reached a record price: a sack reached 200 reais.

According to another INPE monitoring system, DETER, which generates deforestation alerts, in January 2022, Cerrado recorded a loss of 207 km² of native vegetation, almost 40% more than the same period in 2021.

other biomes

According to the INPE platform, 1,292 fires have been reported in the Amazon up to this Friday. The figure is below the average for this period. The Atlantic Forest has reported 417 outbreaks up to this Friday, Pampas 167 outbreaks, Pantanal 83 outbreaks and Caatinga 171 outbreaks.

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