Forest fires in Bolivian region consumed 147,254 hectares this year

Forest fires have been burning in Bolivia since the middle of the year due to deforestation that allows the agricultural and livestock frontier expansion.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Forest fires consumed 147,254 hectares this year in the Bolivian department of Santa Cruz, bordering Brazil, the governor's office of that region reported on Saturday.

"At the departmental level, we already have 147,254 hectares affected by forest fires," Yovenka Rosado, coordinator of the Forest Fire Program of that governor's office, said in a press statement.

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The most affected sectors are the areas of San Matías and Roboré, near the border . . .

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