Chile

Thousands flee central Chile forest fire

Picture released on March 12, 2017 by Aton Chile shows firefighters working to put out a forest fire in Valparaiso. Chilean authorities decreed red alert in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar for several forest fires. / AFP PHOTO / ATON CHILE / Raul ZAMORA / Chile OUT
Picture released on March 12, 2017 by Aton Chile shows firefighters working to put out a forest fire in Valparaiso. Chilean authorities decreed red alert in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar for several forest fires. / AFP PHOTO / ATON CHILE / Raul ZAMORA / Chile OUT

A forest fire swept through central Chile over the weekend, forcing the evacuation of 6,000 people and destroying more than a dozen dwellings, emergency officials said Monday.

The blaze began in forested areas of Vina del Mar, a popular resort…

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