To fight forest fires in the Amazon, Brazilian military warplanes have begun dumping water responding to a global outcry over the destruction of the world’s largest tropical rain forest.
As of Sunday, President Jair Bolsonaro had authorized military operations in seven states to combat the fires. The response comes as leaders of countries in the Group of Seven (G7) nations currently meeting in France expressed grave concerns over the fires.
The dozen or so yellow-clad firefighters from environmental enforcement agency Ibama easily cleared brush from around a burning stump with a leaf blower, doused it with jets connected to water packs mounted on their backs and covered it in the earth.
A video posted by the Defense Ministry on Saturday evening showed a military plane pumping thousands of gallons of water out of two giant jets as it passed through clouds of smoke close to the forest canopy.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental initiative Earth Alliance has pledged $5 million towards the preservation of the Amazon rain forest following the wildfires.
The organization's emergency Amazon Forest Fund is working to support local partners and indigenous communities in their efforts to protect sensitive habitats within the Amazon. The funds will be donated to five local organizations.
Nearly 80,000 fires have been registered across Brazil through Aug. 24, the highest since at least 2013, according to space research agency INPE.