Chile – Forest Fires (DG ECHO, ONEMI, CONAF, Meteo Chile, Local Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 2 February 2017)

◾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.

◾ONEMI reported, as of the same date, 11 people dead (of which nine in Maule and two in Biobio), 13 people injured, 1 179 houses destroyed and 41 houses partially damaged, leaving 4 290 people affected and over 830 people in temporary shelter. As of 2 February at 7.00 UTC, ONEMI reported also at least 1 820 people are without power between O'Higgins, Maule, Biobio and La Araucania regions.

◾Over the next 24 hours, high temperatures (up to 28°C in Arica y Parinacota, Tarapacà and Antofagasta regions) and locally strong winds are forecast for the northern areas of the country. As of 2 February at 7.00 UTC, ONEMI has issued a Red Alert for fires in the regions of Valparaiso, Metropolitana, O’Higgings, Maule, Biobio.

◾Regarding the European response on the ground, the Portuguese team deployed in Santa Ana is fighting a fire that threatens villages near the city of San Javier. The French and Spanish modules are working in the region of Biobio. The French team is fighting a fire that threatens the city of Dichato, the Spanish team is fighting a fire in the Pichaco area.

◾On 1 February, the ERCC activated the Copernicus Satellite mapping service specifically for the Los Rios region, upon a request of National Forest Corporation (CONAF).