August 23, 2019 / 9:35 PM / a month ago

Brazil's Bolsonaro will send army to fight Amazon fires - governor

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during the Brazilian Steel Conference in Brasilia, Brazil, August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Brazilian army will be deployed to fight fires in the Amazon rainforest, the governor of the Amazon state of Roraima said on Friday.

Governor Antonio Denarium told reporters in Brasilia that President Jair Bolsonaro had signed off on sending the army to the Amazon to help combat the wildfires.

Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Editing by Chris Reese

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