Numerous wildfires have been burning across the country over the last weeks. The National Office of Emergencies of Interior Ministry (ONEMI) reported, as of 2 February at 7.00 UTC, 148 forest fires, of which 75 active, 64 controlled and nine extinguished in the regions of Coquimbo, Valparaiso, Metropolitan, O’Higgins, Maule, Biobio, La Araucania and Los Rios. Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated on 1 February by ERCC on behalf of CONAF.
ONEMI reported, as of the same date, 11 people dead (of which nine in Maule and two in Biobio), 13 people injured, 1 551 houses destroyed, leaving 6 162 people affected and over 587 people in temporary shelter.
Over the next 72 hours, a gradual transition of hot and dry weather to cooler and locally rainy conditions (more pronounced during Saturday 4 February) are forecast to take place over the areas affected by forest fires. Maximum temperatures are expected to lower to 24 to 26°C locally with southerly winds intermittently gusting to over 25 km/h.
Sources: ECHO, GWIS, ONEMI, Meteochile, Local Media