Wildfires in Chile force some 3,000 evacuations

Wildfires in Chile force some 3,000 evacuations

Fresh wildfires in the center of Chile have consumed some 3,500 hectares (8,648 acres) of land, causing at least 3,000 people to be evacuated, authorities confirmed on Wednesday (February 22), continuing the nation’s worst period of forest fires in modern history.

Parral was placed on red alert and families were evacuated from the sectors of Catillo and Termas de Catillo as a preventative measure, but no deaths or injuries were recorded.

“It is out of control, in fact, an uncle of mine had a house there, and it looks like it was burnt, we could not get there in time and we tried to cover the area from here, but the fire came from an area down below, beside the estuary, hopefully it won’t go any further, we are going to have to remain on guard,” said local resident Felipe Garrido.

“It was unbelievable, the fire spread 200 to 300 meters (656 to 984 feet) in seconds, it was unbelievable. We had fire-fighters, police, soldiers… They asked us to evacuate the area,” added fellow local,…