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A firefighting supertanker aircraft from the US helps in the Amazon rainforest



Colorado-based Global SuperTanker dispatched its Boeing 747-400 firefighting aircraft to the South American country on Friday to conduct firefighting operations over part of the Bolivian rainforest, the company said.

The B747-400 SuperTanker is in the category of Very Large Airtankers (VLAT) for fire fighting. According to the company's website, it can deliver around 19,000 gallons of delay per ride.
Bolivian President Evo Morales tweeted earlier this week he had ordered the hiring of a Boeing 747 SuperTanker to support the firefighting efforts in the Chiquitania region.

The Amazon covers eight countries, including Bolivia, although most of the forest is in Brazil. The Amazon forest, often referred to as "the lung of the planet," produces about 20% of the world's oxygen.

The fires burn at the highest rate ever since the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research pursued them since 201
3, the institute said. It is said that deforestation has increased by 80% this year compared to the same period last year.

Dan Reese, President of Global SuperTanker, traveled to South America as part of a 14-member team to fight fires in Bolivia. He told CNN there were "an unbelievable number of fires" in the Amazon and his company was part of the reaction.

The company said on Saturday it has completed three missions and is preparing for a fourth.
Morales tweeted a video of the Super Tanker during his mission.

"The supertanker and our helicopters are working to put out the fire," he wrote. "I appreciate the efforts of so many compatriots, men and women, to work on this tough task, and we stand together to fight the fire."


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