The raging Amazon fire that has been a matter of concern around the world, is nowhere close to be under control.

The situation is so bad that the smoke from the forests recently covered an entire city in darkness, 3000 kilometers away.

Smoke from Amazon forest fires
Source: Express

As the popular media is finally giving it the coverage it requires, let us look at the reason why the fire started and how long it has been going on for.

If reports from Express.co.uk are anything to be believed, the fires which are common in the summer season, got aggravated because of illegal burning of forests for cattle ranching.

Cattle in Amazon
Source: Monga Bay

Cattle ranching is one of the biggest reasons behind deforestation in Brazil, accounting for 80 per cent of loos of forest.

The cattle reared in the area are used for various businesses and contributes to export market in the region.

Cattle rearing in Amazon
Source: Brazzil

Some conversationalists have also blamed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for the fires, saying that they were started by loggers he hasn't taken strict action against.

An official inquiry has been set up to look into the matter and decide whether the reason was lack in proper monitoring or enforcement of forest conservation laws.

Jair Bolsonaro later defended himself by saying that he should not be blamed for this.

As for the time period, the fires started somewhere in January and have only increased in number. As per reports, there have been 72,000 fires since January. The same number was 40,000 last year.

Fire in Amazon forest
Source: Sky News

Reports also suggest that there have been 9,200 fires since Thursday.

The Amazon forests are called the 'lungs of the planet' and contribute to 20 per cent of the total oxygen on Earth. 

Fire in Amazon forest
Source: Press From

The fire in the forests has been so bad that it can be seen from space. This is a major ecological disaster and it seems to be self-inflicted, at least partially.

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