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Chile: Emergency operation continues in battle against raging forest fires02:13

Chile: Emergency operation continues in battle against raging forest fires

Chile, O’Higgins region
February 2, 2017 at 13:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

SOT, Reporter (Spanish): "Provoked."

SOT, Marco Fuente, Ministry of Public Works (Spanish): "We believe it was not natural, it was started by men. And we all think the same because it is too rare to have something like this in several regions across the country."

Thousands of firefighters and local volunteers continue to battle against some of Chile's worst wildfires in history, on Wednesday, whilst strong winds spread the blazes further, footage from the O'Higgins region showed.

According to reports more than 15,000 firefighters from several countries have joined in the effort to tackle the fires. In addition both Russian, Brazilian and US ariel supertankers have dropped tens of thousands of gallons to quell the wildfires.

Reportedly 11 people have been killed as a result of the fire, whilst over 400,000 acres of woodland have been destroyed in the last week alone. The government has reported that 3810 people have been forced out of their homes, whilst 1103 homes have been destroyed.

Wildfires are fairly common in Chile during the summer but this year they have been particularly severe due to extremely high temperatures and a prolonged drought. Authorities are investigating whether some of the fires may have been started deliberately. More than forty people have been detained on suspicion of spreading the fires.

Chile: Emergency operation continues in battle against raging forest fires02:13
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SOT, Reporter (Spanish): "Provoked."

SOT, Marco Fuente, Ministry of Public Works (Spanish): "We believe it was not natural, it was started by men. And we all think the same because it is too rare to have something like this in several regions across the country."

Thousands of firefighters and local volunteers continue to battle against some of Chile's worst wildfires in history, on Wednesday, whilst strong winds spread the blazes further, footage from the O'Higgins region showed.

According to reports more than 15,000 firefighters from several countries have joined in the effort to tackle the fires. In addition both Russian, Brazilian and US ariel supertankers have dropped tens of thousands of gallons to quell the wildfires.

Reportedly 11 people have been killed as a result of the fire, whilst over 400,000 acres of woodland have been destroyed in the last week alone. The government has reported that 3810 people have been forced out of their homes, whilst 1103 homes have been destroyed.

Wildfires are fairly common in Chile during the summer but this year they have been particularly severe due to extremely high temperatures and a prolonged drought. Authorities are investigating whether some of the fires may have been started deliberately. More than forty people have been detained on suspicion of spreading the fires.

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