Twenty hectares of forest planted more than 30 years ago destroyed. This is the damage left by the fire that hit the area of the Centro de Formação dos Povos da Floresta (CFPF) of the Pro-Indian Commission of Acre (CPI-Acre), located at km 7 of the Transacreana Highway, rural area of Rio Branco. The area has 32 hectares reforested with various fruits and trees of various species.
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The fire started last Wednesday afternoon (31). CPI-Acre employees, indigenous people, ICMBios and brigade members began to race against time to put out the fire and prevent the entire reforested area and the commission’s headquarters from being burned.
The fire was partially brought under control overnight, but returned in the early hours of Thursday. In the morning, the teams received reinforcements from other brigadistas and nearby residents.
“The damage to us, indigenous people, all human beings who live in this part of the forest, who like the forest, is very sad because biodiversity is life. If you burn a grass, you are killing a life that can help the soil. a forest? Here it was a field and we were reforesting because the indigenous people live with the forest, with the forest, the fish, the hunting and when we saw this fire we were very sad because there are many animals that come to eat within our area”, he lamented. the brigade member Ismael Menezes Brandão, of the Shanenawa ethnic group from Feijó.
The CPI-Acre site is an indigenous training school, recognized by the State Department of Education (SEE), for high school education for indigenous agroforestry agents. The entire area has about 32 hectares of reforested forest.
Even with the efforts, Brandão said that the area destroyed by the fire could be larger. He explained that the fire also harmed farmers and burned pastures.
“The entire back area was burned. I won’t say it was an arson because we haven’t looked for what happened yet. As it’s the summer period, it’s really dry, it could have been a cigarette spark, some garbage burning near here “, he added.
The commission’s headquarters are close to this area and the teams work to prevent the fire from reaching the living quarters, offices and the central structure.
In the early hours of Thursday, the forest area caught fire again and the center’s employees and four indigenous people, two of them brigadistas, who are in the capital to participate in a meeting on climate change, went to the region to try to control the fire.
The Acre Fire Department reported that the fire also reached Aterro de Inertes, which is located at km 10 of the Transacreana Highway. From this to last Wednesday (31), firefighters and city hall teams are on site fighting the fire.
Collaborated with Sâmia Roberta, from the Acre Amazon Network.
Firefighters are also in the region fighting the fire that reached about 100 hectares — Photo: Arquivo/Fire Brigade of Acre