Astronaut Luca Parmitano captured from ISS fires in the northern Argentina and the Pantanal (a natural region encompassing the world’s largest tropical wetland area that extends Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay).
South America has just come out of winter but 2020’s fires in the region have been unprecedented in extent and duration. 22% of the vast floodplain has succumbed to the flames. This equivalent of more than twice the area that has burnt in the record-breaking fires in California this year. The fires in the Pantanal raged across Brazil and areas nearby between January and August.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.