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Chile battles deadliest wildfires on record as heatwave grips

FILE PHOTO: A wildfire burns areas in Los Venados, San Jose de la Mariquina, near Valdivia, Chile, February 4, 2023. REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra Escobar

Santaigo, ChileReuters Chilean firefighters were battling to hold back forest fires on Monday as authorities said hot and dry weather would continue this week, potentially exacerbating what are already the deadliest blazes in the country’s recent history. The fires, which have consumed 270,000 hectares of land, have killed 26 people so far in south-central Chile, […]

Four dead in Chile as fires blaze through area south of capital

Firefighters work, as a wildfire burns parts of rural areas in Quillon, Chile, February 2, 2023 REUTERS/Juan Gonzalez

Santiago, Chile Reuters Dozens of raging wildfires in Chile claimed at least four lives while torching some 14,000 hectares, authorities reported on Friday, as a summer heat wave engulfs a large swath of the South American country. The deaths occurred in the town of Santa Juana in Biobio, a region some 500 kilometres south of […]

Chile battles to combat forest fires amid threat to residents

Chile Valparaiso wildfire

Santiago, Chile Reuters 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 […]