Over 100 active fires send thousands fleeing

Blog Post created by luciandeaton Employee on Feb 2, 2017

As over 100 separate wildfires burn in central and southern Chile, I am reminded of the places and people NFPA met during two separate Wildfire Division trips to the country in 2016. Please join with me in keeping both the residents and those working the fire lines in your thoughts and prayers.


These fires stared in early January, fueled by drought conditions and strong winds. The vast majority are suspected as arson caused.


Reporting today by United Press International (UPI) shares that 11 fatalities have been reported, with 6 of those as firefighters and local emergency responders. The wildfires have scorched over 593,000 acres of land, with approximately 2000 homes destroyed and thousands left to seek shelter.


NPR's “The Two-Way” highlighted $740,000 USD in support today from the United States Embassy in Chile for personal protective equipment. Previous support from the US Embassy has gone to resident relief needs.


The BBC also has a series of areal and ground videos of the fires and their wake.

NFPA will continue to work with its partners in Chile and provide support.


Photo Credit: BBC, Chile wildfires: Drone footage reveals devastation - BBC News  pulled 2 February 2017