By Natalia López-Thismón, ADRA International
On the heels of the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck in Chile nearly two weeks ago, a major forest fire broke out in La Polvora, a hard to reach community in Valparaíso, Chile.
Strong Pacific winds have spread the flames even deeper into the neighborhoods of Valparaíso, destroying about 2,900 homes and killing 16 people. Approximately 12,500 have been affected. According to Chile’s forestry agency, the fire may take 20 days to extinguish.1