Forest Fire Triggers Red Alert in Valparaíso
Summer officially starts today. Unfortunately, blazing heat comes with a high fire risk.
VALPARAÍSO — The Chilean National Emergency Office (Onemi) issued a red alert on Wednesday in the Valparaíso region, due to a number of forest fires recently ignited in Casablanca, Viña del Mar and Villa Alemana.
According to the organization, wild fires broke out as a result of dry weather conditions and the topography of the area, threatening numerous houses in the area.
In Casablanca, the fire threatens 30 hectares of meadows, brush, and eucalyptus in the “Orrego Bajo” sector. It is currently burning out of control, although no injuries have been reported.
Four fire brigades, two Dromader planes, a helicopter from Conaf, three fire departments, the Chilean police, local emergency staff, and one tanker truck have all been mobilized to fight the flames.
Additionally, a red alert was declared in Viña del Mar, in the “Lajarilla” sector, affecting so far three hectares close to the residential district.
Two hectares are also ablaze in the “Las Vegas” sector of Villa Alemana.