Chile battles to combat forest fires amid threat to residents

By Fabian Andrés Cambero
December 12, 2022
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

SANTIANGO — Chile is battling to control the spread of several wildfires that have already destroyed more than 4,000 hectares of woodlands and are putting local communities at risk. Central regions including the Santiago metropolitan area, Valparaiso, O’Higgins and Maule are on red alert, with nine active fires currently being fought, data from the National Forestry Corporation showed on Monday. Members of the federal government met emergency agencies overnight to discuss firefighters’ progress and the threat of new outbreaks. “We have put in place all resources to fight the forest fires that are impacting the central areas of Chile,” President Gabriel Boric said. Evacuations were ordered in Melipilla, some 60 kilometers southwest of the capital, where school classes were suspended Monday. …This season has registered 44 wildfire outbreaks throughout the country.

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