At least 112 killed as wildfires rage in Chile
February 5, 2024 - Firefighters in central Chile are wrestling with huge forest fires that have killed at least 112 people and razed entire neighbourhoods. Hundreds remain missing.
The fires erupted on Friday, February 2, in Viña del Mar, a city of roughly 330,000, and swept through the smaller neighbouring cities of Quilpué, Limache, and Villa Alemana.
Curfews have been imposed in those cities as part of efforts to prevent looting.
The destruction in the Valparaíso region came as dozens of fires were burning across central and southern Chile, amid what officials have said are higher-than-normal temperatures for this time of year.