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 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.
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 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."