The wildfires are raging in the Valparaiso area, home to more than a million residents. Firefighters are working to put out the fire using helicopters and trucks. The situation is serious and it is said to be the worst forest fire in Chile in the last decade.
About 19,770 acres of land were burnt in Kilpu and Villa Alemana from Friday to Sunday. A citizen said, ‘I have lived here for 32 years. But I never dreamed that such an accident would happen.’
Areas around the tourist town of Viña del Mar were worst hit. People are being moved to safer places. The fire is spreading fast and the President himself has appealed to the people not to hesitate if they are advised to move to safer places.
By the end of Sunday, the national disaster service ministry said 26,000 hectares (64,000 acres) of forest had burned in central and southern Chile. Officials have detailed that fires are still burning in 40 areas in the country.
A warning was given
As early as October last year, it was said that Chile would expect higher than normal temperatures due to the El Nino effect. Temperatures have been rising in Chile since 2015 and El Nino has worsened the situation.
El Niño has caused drought and high temperatures along the west coast of South America this year. In January, 42,000 acres of forest were destroyed by wildfires in Colombia.
19 – Helicopters engaged in firefighting operations in Chile
450 – Attempt to control forest fire by firemen