Wildfires raged in Chile’s Valparaiso region on Friday, turning the sky red and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes.
The forest fire, that began on Thursday, has already destroyed more than 3,400 hectares of grasslands, bushes and forests and has not been contained yet, with at least two sources remaining active.
chile is BURNING and i dont see anyone talking about it pic.twitter.com/NUkK7JF034— mai ♡’s ashe (@dreamnctfound) January 16, 2021
On Friday, officials ordered the evacuation of some 25,000 residents and hundreds of firefighters were deployed to help battle the fires.
Meanwhile, the dangerous fire has already destroyed ten buildings, leaving more than a dozen homeless and about 7,000 evacuees.
The mayor of Valparaiso announced yesterday he would begin a process against a person who was arrested in the Casa Blanca commune, in the region, for initiating a burning of grasslands.
Neither deaths nor injuries have been reported.
It is feared that the fire will get out-of-control on Sunday, as meteorologists have forecast high temperatures (>32°F) with strong winds and very low humidity.