MELIPEUCO, Chile – Some 30 Argentine specialists arrived in Chile on Monday to join the effort to control a wildfire that has consumed 3,800 hectares (9,380 acres) of forest in the last two weeks.
The blaze is affecting the China Muerta reserve and neighboring Conguillio National Park.
Argentine assistance was requested because Chile’s fire brigades are stretched to the limit, Interior Undersecretary Mahmud Aleuy said in Melipeuco, some 700 kilometers (435 miles) south of Santiago.
The area’s topography and weather conditions prevent an effective airborne effort, so the brunt of the battle must be waged on the ground, he said.
Nationwide, Chilean authorities are contending with 26 active wildfires affecting 11,597 hectares (28,655 acres), while 64 other blazes have been contained.