Forest fires in Chile

February 28. Strongest wildfire erupted in the Chilean resort city of Viña del Mar, where the International Song Festival, is popular not only in Latin America but also in other countries. The fire started in the forested mountains of the city, where the mainly wooden residential buildings, and destroyed 73 homes. About 300 people were left homeless.

Mayor Vina del Mar Virginia Rehinato left the festival due to the current emergency situation and assist in placing victims in temporary shelters. As the head of City Fire Ricardo Barkhan, now fire eliminated. According to him, the forest fires in the mountainous part of the city "will inevitably damage the wooden buildings located here."

The resort town of Viña del Mar is located on the Pacific coast of Chile, 110 km north-west of the South American country's capital Santiago. It is famous for its beaches, international music and film festival.

Source: ITAR-TASS

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