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19 Nov 2018 | 11:31 AM UTC

Chile: Wildfire in Litueche (O'Higgins region) November 16-19

Chile News Alert

Red alert in place November 16-19 due to forest fire in Litueche commune, O'Higgins Region

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/20/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Santiago). COUNTRY/REGION Litueche

Event

A red wildfire alert - the highest level - was issued by the National Emergency Office (ONEMI) for the commune of Litueche (O'Higgins Region) on the evening of Friday, November 16. It remains in effect as of early November 19. As of 20:00 on November 18 (local time), the so-called Hacienda Topocalma fire had burned 107 hectares (265 acres).

Context

Forest fires are common in Chile during the summer months. The country was devastated by a string of major forest fires in January 2017, which resulted in the deaths of 11 people, as well as the destruction of around 1500 houses and over 580,000 hectares (1.4 million acres).

Advice

Individuals in the area are advised to keep abreast of the situation and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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