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Emergency for forest fires continues in center-south of Chile


Emergency for forest fires continues in center-south of Chile

Santiago de Chile, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Firefighters from several countries continue battling against forest fires in the center-south of Chile, mainly in the regions of Biobio, Ñuble, and Araucania, where there are still 260 active sources, 77 of which the firefighters are trying to put out.

According to the latest report by the Undersecretary of the Interior Manuel Monsalve, the fires devoured 429,000 ha, destroyed 1987 houses and left over 7000 people homeless.

The three conditions for the propagation of fire will remain this week: high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds, Monsalve said.

Although the emergency is ongoing, Monsalve considers that it is better contained and far from what had happened last February 4th, when thousands of hectares were in flames.

The official called on the population to avoid risk behaviour and mentioned that two persons were detained for carrying out agricultural activities which generate fires.

Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Spain and other countries sent specialists to support Chilean firefighters.


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