Chile experiences worst forest fires in modern history

In January, Chile experienced the worst forest fires in modern history. Fires ravaged central-south Chile killing at least 11 people, displacing thousands and destroying entire villages. The international community reacted swiftly to aid the country. “We have never seen anything on this scale, never in the history of Chile,” President Michelle Bachelet, who has declared a state of emergency in Santiago.

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A man stands amid the remains of a burnt down house after a forest fire devastated Santa Olga, 240 kilometres south of Santiago, on January 26, 2017.
Six people — among them four firefighters and two police — have now been killed battling vast forest fires in central Chile, officials said Wednesday. Multiple blazes have ravaged 238,000 hectares (588,000 acres) and are growing, the National Forestry Corporation said in a statement. (Photo: PABLO VERA LISPERGUER/AFP/Getty Images)