Chile declared a state of emergency on Friday to combat forest fires. Hundreds of homes are threatened by the fires and authorities fear that ten people have been killed.
“All troops are being deployed in the fight against the forest fires,” President Gabriel Boric assured in a message on
The forest fires are mainly ravaging the tourist areas of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso, where hundreds of hectares of forest have already been lost and people have had to be evacuated. Ten people are feared dead in the central Valparaíso region.
According to the Chilean forestry agency CONAF, about 480 hectares have been burned in Valparaíso alone. The fires are caused by a summer heat wave and drought affecting the southern part of South America and caused by El Niño, the phenomenon that amplifies extreme weather worldwide.