Firefighters are continuing to battle wildfires that have already torched 99,000 acres and killed 22 people so far.
Chile wildfires death toll rises to 22
Dozens of wildfires blazing though Chile caused the government to extend an emergency order to another region, as a scorching summer heatwave complicates efforts to control fires that have claimed at least 22 lives so far.
The emergency order declared by the interior ministry on Saturday now covers the region of La Araucania, just south of the previously declared regions of Biobio and neighbouring Nuble, located near the centre of the South American country’s long Pacific coastline. The three regions are home to many farms and forest land.
On Friday, an emergency-support helicopter in La Araucania crashed, killing its pilot and a mechanic, according to officials.
Authorities reported that 11 of the victims, or half of the casualties reported so far, died in the town of Santa Juana in Biobio, located some 500 km south of capital Santiago.