(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Chile has declared 26 communes in the country's south-central
region to be wildfire risk areas as forest fires continue to rage,
which have claimed 26 lives and burning 286,198 hectares so far,
the National Forestry Corporation (Conaf) said Tuesday, trend reports citing
The communes, or communities, have been placed on 'red alert'
given the chance of a large fire breaking out, Conaf Executive
Director Christian Little said at a press conference.
'We analyze temperature, relative humidity and wind speed
conditions,' along with such variables as the combustible biomass
naturally found on the forest floor, including twigs and pine
needles, he said.
'Given that the conditions are prone to spark and spread a fire,
we have launched an alert in the area,' Little added.
Meanwhile, Deputy Agriculture Minister Jose Guajardo warned of
'tough days' ahead due to 'high temperatures in Maule and
O'Higgins, and as of tomorrow in the Metropolitan Region,' where
the capital Santiago is located.
The National Service for Disaster Prevention and Response
reported in its latest bulletin that 162 forest fires have been
brought under control and 80 blazes are still being fought.
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