A wildfire on Monday evening burned 100 homes and forced over 4000 to evacuate in Laguna Verde, a town within Valparaiso, Chile. 19, mainly smoke related injuries, and no fatalities have been reported.
A wildfire in Valparaiso in March, 2015, caused one fatality; and a 2014 blaze destroyed over 200 homes, with 15 fatalities.
The cause of Monday’s fire is yet known but high winds and dry conditions carried a forest fire into the various ravines in the area. Hillside developments and narrow roads complicated firefighting efforts.
Chile is facing a multi-year drought that has brought both its forests and interface in threat. NFPA presented at a November 2016 conference on wildfire and climate change in Santiago, Chile, about community-lead approaches to risk reduction and will continue its work with Chile’s CONAF and CALFIRE in Chile in 2017.
Photo Credit: BBC News, Chile wildfires destroy scores of homes in Valparaiso - BBC News , pulled 3 January 2017.