A 50 kilometre-long (31 mile) wildfire is advancing across Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands.
The governor’s office in the point out of Mato Grosso do Sul said the fire was “larger than something seen ahead of” in the area.
At least 50,000 hectares of vegetation have already been ruined.
The area, located in the southern section of the state, is just one of the most biodiverse areas in the globe and a well-known vacationer location.
The fire began on 25 October and is said to be advancing rapidly due to the combination of high tempratures and gusty winds.
The governor’s office said in a statement that the situation was “critical”. It also warned that visibility in the area is poor. The governor has announced a 30-day moratorium on using fire for land clearance.
Firefighters are also using planes to tackle the fire from above.
Over 8,000 fires have been recorded in the Pantanal until 30 October, up 462% on the same period last year.
Brazil has had a large number of forest fires this year. Official figures show more than 167,000 forest fires were recorded from January until 30 October this year.