In Brazil alone, there are 80% more fires in 2019 than there were last year, according to the country’s space research center. More than half of the fires in Brazil are in its Amazon region.
Satellite images are helping show just how many fires there are, and how much of their smoke has spread across the country.
But photos on social media are conflating the current crisis with previous fires.
One such photo — one of the most-shared photos on social media — shows a lush forest with a massive wall of smoke billowing from a fire.
Yes, the image shows the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. But it’s not of the current fires. It’s more than 20 years old: the Guardian, which republished the photo in 2007, says it was taken in June 1989.
Another photo making the rounds on social media claims to also show the Amazon rainforest on fire.
Leonardo DiCaprio shared it on his Instagram and it has over 3 million likes.
Actor David Licauco shared four photos — all of which are not of the current wildfires in the Amazon.
The most heartbreaking photos being shared are the charred remains of animals, or animals attempting to escape wildfires.
Blogger Nathalie Muñoz posted a series of photos about the Amazon rainforest fires.