Brazil's president, Jaire Bolsonaro, said on Wednesday that "everything indicates" that non-governmental organizations were referring to the Amazon jungle in order to set them on fire, thus tarnishing his government's reputation.
Bolsonaro noted that his government has reduced its financial support to NGOs, which he sees as an incentive for them to burn forests and "shame" his government.
"These people are longing for money," he said in a live broadcast on Facebook, referring to non-governmental organizations that have cut back on financial support.
The Amazon rainforest has seen the largest number of forest fires since 2013, with 72,843 fires so far this year, an 83 percent increase over 12 months.
Many non-governmental organizations and those interested in environmental issues criticize the Brazilian president's policies towards the Amazon forests, whose vegetation is increasingly declining due to large-scale logging.