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AN ARTICLE IN FOLHA DE S.PAULO HIGHLIGHTS FIRES IN MINAS GERAIS AND HAS THE PARTICIPATION OF A DEF PROFESSOR

The newspaper Folha de S.Paulo drew the public’s attention, through an article released this Tuesday (21), to the fact that Minas Gerais registered the month of September with the highest number of forest fires since 2011. Text includes the participation of professor from the Department of Forestry Engineering (DEF) at UFV Fillipe Tamiozzo Pereira Torres, who coordinates the institution’s Forest Fire and Nature Conservation Laboratory and talks about factors that contribute to forest fires at this time of year.

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According to Professor Fillipe Tamiozzo, coordinator of the Forest Fires and Nature Conservation Laboratory of the Forest Engineering Department at the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), some factors that contribute to forest fires at this time of year are the low relative humidity of the air, reduced rainfall and high temperatures. “During the dry season, the amount of moisture available to living organisms, including plant formations, is greatly reduced. The lower humidity inside facilitates the combustion process to occur. When the fuel is wet, energy is needed to dry and then to start the combustion process. When this fuel is dry, as at this time of year, it doesn’t need that amount of energy, so it’s easier to have these occurrences.”explains the professor. According to him, the dry season in Minas Gerais is more severe in the months of August and September, but it can last until the second half of October, depending on the year.

In Brazil, according to Tamiozzo, the vast majority of fires are caused by human beings, either with the objective of clearing the land, or even to cause damage intentionally. “All burnings for cleaning have to be authorized by Organs environmental agencies, in Minas Gerais the IEF (State Forestry Institute). approves, the requester has to take into account the time when the fire is going to be set. This current time, for example, is not suitable. Many people do it underground, there are no safe techniques for using fire, doing it outside the correct time and this burning turns to fire.”the dry season in Minas Gerais is more severe in the months of August and September, but can last until the second half of October, depending on the year. In Brazil, according to Tamiozzo, the vast majority of fires are caused by humans, either with objective of clearing the land, or even to intentionally cause damage. “All burnings for cleaning have to be authorized by Organs environmental agencies, in Minas Gerais the IEF (State Forestry Institute). But when the agency approves, the requester has to take taking into account the time when the fire is going to be put. This current time, for example, is not suitable. Many people do it underground, there are no safe techniques for using fire, doing it outside the correct time and this burning turns into a fire.”the dry season in Minas Gerais is more severe in the months of August and September, but can last until the second half of October, depending on the year. In Brazil, according to Tamiozzo, the vast majority of fires are caused by humans, either with objective of clearing the land, or even to intentionally cause damage. “All burnings for cleaning have to be authorized by Organs environmental agencies, in Minas Gerais the IEF (State Forestry Institute). But when the agency approves, the requester has to take taking into account the time when the fire is going to be put. This current time, for example, is not suitable. Many people do it underground, they do not have safe techniques for using fire, doing it outside the correct time and this burning turns into a fire.”

The material is available at site from the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper.

Source: Folha de São Paulo


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