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Press Release 14-053

Drought and fire in the Amazon lead to sharp increases in forest tree mortality

Deforestation and fragmentation of forests help create tinderbox conditions

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Grasses on fire in Mato Grosso, Brazil

Grasses in Mato Grosso, Brazil, catch fire regularly near the edges of forests and croplands.

Credit: Michael Coe, WHRC


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Experimental fire burning the understory of a forest between Cerrado and Amazonia, Brazil.

Experimental fire burning the understory of a forest between Cerrado and Amazonia, Brazil.

Credit: Paulo Brando


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Scientist advancing  a fire line in an experimental fire plot in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Advancing fire line in an experimental fire plot in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Credit: Michael Coe, WHRC


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Forest with bare land degraded by experimental fires in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Forest degraded by experimental fires in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Credit: Paulo Brando


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An experimental fire in the Brazilian forest

Igniting an experimental fire in the Brazilian forest, using a drip torch.

Credit: Michael Coe, WHRC


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Fire experiment in Mato Grasso, Brazil with tinderbox grasses along the forest

Fire experiment in Mato Grasso, Brazil; tinderbox grasses lie along forests and croplands.

Credit: Michael Coe, WHRC


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