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Red alert for forest fire in Chilean region of Valparaiso

Red alert for forest fire in Chilean region of Valparaiso

Santiago de Chile, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) Authorities in the Chilean region of Valparaíso decreed a red alert due to a forest fire with danger of spreading to populated areas, a local media published today.
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The fire at the intersection of Route 68 and Camino La Pólvora in the city is consuming hundreds of hectares of scrubland and eucalyptus forests, added radio Cooperativa cl.

The geographical location of the fire between Placilla and Valparaíso could cross Route 66 and threaten an electrical substation, the road itself and many towns, says the Regional Presidential Delegation.

There is a large deployment of fire departments from Valparaíso and Viña del Mar in view of the possibility that the fire spreads, said Sandro Bruzzone, regional director of the National Forestry Corporation.

He added that helicopters and airplanes are also working locally in the area, together with a contingent of 18 brigades, including three support brigades from O’Higgins and the Metropolitan Region.

“It is a very complex fire, which crosses very populated areas, roads, power lines, forestry plantations and a lot of traffic, such as the one on Route 68,” warned the specialist.


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