SANTIAGO – The active forest fires burning in Chile have been reduced to just 50 in the past few hours, the Chilean National Forestry Service (CONAF) said on Sunday.
Of the 50 active fires, 34 are under control, seven are still being fought and nine are considered extinguished, the CONAF said in a statement.
Since the start of the current fire season on July 1, 3,112 fires affecting 588,501 hectares (1.45 million acres) have been registered in Chile.
Of the seven regions affected by forest fires, the worst hit is Maule, where 284,000 hectares (701,234 acres) have been affected, while the largest number of fires has occurred in Bio Bio, with 954.
The fires have affected 7,422 people, of whom 469 remain in shelters in O’Higgins, Maule and Bio Bio regions, the national emergency management office said.
The forest fires have destroyed 1,624 dwellings, the CONAF said.