22 dead in Chile as firefighters battle dozens of wildfires

Massive, deadly fire continues to burn in Valparaiso, Chile, on Monday morning

Chile wildfires: 12 dead, thousands of homes destroyed


Chile extended its state of emergency to other regions on Saturday.At least 22 people have been killed and 554 injured, including 16 in critical condition, in connection with the fires, Interior Minister Carolina Tohá said.

The death toll is likely to rise as Toha said there were unconfirmed reports of at least 10 people missing.

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Firefighters work on a forest fire in Chile’s Valparaíso region.

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The government on Saturday declared a state of catastrophe in the La Araucania region, south of Nubre and Biobio, two regions in the central south where a state of emergency was declared, allowing greater cooperation with the military.

Fires erupt during periods of record high temperatures.

16 people died in Biobio, 5 in La Araucania and 1 in Nuble.

The fatalities included a Bolivian pilot who died when a helicopter that was helping fight the blaze crashed in La Araucania. A Chilean mechanic also died in the crash.

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A woman walks on a bridge during a fire in Renaico, Araucania, Chile.

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Tohá said at a press conference that the past week has seen a range of fires equivalent to the range that would normally burn out in a year. 22 dead in Chile as firefighters battle dozens of wildfires

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