The Amazon in Brazil is on fire...how bad is it?


Thousands of fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, the most intense blazes for almost a decade!!!


The northern states of Roraima, Acre, Rondônia and Amazonas have been particularly badly affected.


However, images purported to be of the fires - including some shared under the hashtag #PrayforAmazonia - have been shown to be decades old or not even in Brazil.


So what's actually happening and how bad are the fires?


There have been a lot of fires this year


Brazil has seen a record number of fires in 2019, Brazilian space agency data suggests.