Devastating fire in cerros of Valparaiso destroys more than 200 houses, rages on

Devastating fire in cerros of Valparaiso destroys 100 houses, rages on

The smoke billow can be seen from neighboring city, Viña del Mar. Valparaiso’s fire, is strong and running rampant at the moment. Like California in the United States, Valparaiso and Viña del Mar have a dry climate that raise the risk for forest fires.
According to BioBioChile (http://bit.ly/1sTQkWc), the fire spread quickly due to strong winds. The fire has been raging for more than 36 hours, and over 100 houses have been destroyed. Every minute, homes are evacuated. Over 4,000 are currently displaced.
On a personal note, I live in Viña del Mar, around the city center. It is a 20-minute bus ride to Valparaiso. All day and night I’ve heard bomberos – firefighters – rushing to the fire in Valparaiso.
According to many locals, this is one of the worst fires the area has ever seen.
Chilean president Michele Bachelet confirmed a state of emergency for the city of Valparaiso around midnight-1 a.m. as well.

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