Chile: Wild Fire - Dec 2011

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On 29 Dec 2011, a forest fire was reported in the Biobío region, affecting the communes of Quillón and Florida, province of Ñuble. The fire rapidly spread due to high temperatures and favourable wind conditions. More than 500 persons were evacuated from the area as the fires consumed more than 30,253 hectares of forest, grasslands and crops, and destroyed over 200 homes. At the same time, the Maule region also suffered severe fires, which destroyed 8,922 hectares, affected 200 families and damaged 30 homes. Other fires started in Torres del Paine National Park, located in the Magallanes region in Chile's far south, and La Araucanía region also reported three wildfires. (IFRC, 28 May 2012)

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