Forest / Wild Fire – South-America – Chile

EDIS Number: WF-20140101-42115-CHL
Date / time: 01/01/2014 05:05:24 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: South-America
Country: Chile
State/County: Province of Valparaiso
Location: Valparaiso
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


A forest fire on Tuesday forced Chilean police to shut down one of the main roads linking this capital with the coastal city of Valparaiso, aggravating a New Year's Eve traffic crush. The National Emergency Office, or Onemi, declared a maximum alert in the area of the fire, located on the Pacific about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Santiago. Strong winds threaten to spread the blaze into the nearby Lago Penuelas National Reserve, a U.N.-designated biosphere reserve, Onemi said. The Santiago-Valparaiso road, Route 68, crosses the reserve. While hundreds of Valparaiso-bound drivers turned around when they entered the zone of the fire, others braved the smoke to push on toward the coast. Valparaiso's spectacular midnight fireworks display attracts nearly a million visitors to the city on New Year's Eve.

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