Huge fires, small team to fight them in the Amazon
A small team of firefighters is tackling wildfires that are ravaging Brazil's vast Amazon rain forest.
the Amazon rain forest is on fire again. Whole mountains, hills and valleys engulfed in smoke. Some of these fires are absolutely huge, stretching as far as the eye can see in every direction. Beneath the canopy of these ancient trees, the fires rage. The heat from the blaze is absolutely astonishing. We filmed as trees exploded into flame, burning like a torch. The Brazilian government says the Amazon is not on fire, but these are our pictures. We witnessed 10 fires in just one part of Para State in the Amazon. There are wild fires around the globe, particularly in the United States. But this is a rainforest. It shouldn't be happening. But listen to the fire. Controlling the fires is almost impossible. Firefighters struggle to stop the flames spreading from cattle pastures to the rainforest. Above all, things considered, they're remarkably effective, but they aren't actually putting it out. The fires restart constantly because the blaze spread. They try to steer cattle to safety, but they're terrified and stampede away. The real danger here is the speed of the fire, right, The fire. You want to put it out? What is coming out? It's really fast. Now it's not out of control, but they've withdrawn its oh so hot and hs burning out of the trade. You could see that you see behind me the huge forest out there as well. The ranch owner, Clady, is dos Santos hasn't given up the fight, but in 20 years he's never seen it this bad. They try to build firebreaks, clearing the forest floor and cutting up smoldering tree trunks. It's not much, but it's the best they could do. Criticism of the Brazilian government's indifference to the Amazon rainforest was deafening last year, but the fires are back. There are thousands of them. Covert 19 may have changed the way we live. But what happens here? What happens to our climate right now could one day determined whether our planet actually lives. Stuart Ramsey Sky News for NBC News in the Amazon rainforest