Huge wildfire advances across Brazil’s wetlands

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A 50 kilometre-long wildfire is advancing across Brazil’s Pantanal Wetlands.

The Governor’s Office in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul states, the fire is “bigger than anything seen before” in the region.

At least 50,000 hectares of vegetation have already been destroyed.

The area – located in the southern part of the country – is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world and a popular tourist destination.

The fire – which began a week ago – is reported to be advancing rapidly, due to the combination of high temperatures and strong winds.

The Governor has announced a 30-day moratorium, on using fire for land clearance.
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