2017 Chile wildfires

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2017 Chile wildfires
2017-01-25 Chile wildfires.jpg
Satellite image of the fires, captured by NASA on January 25, 2017.
Location Chile
Total fires5,274 [1]
Total area1,408,988 acres (5,702 km2) [2]
Buildings destroyed1000+

The 2017 Chile wildfires are a series of wildfires that burned across Chile during January 2017.


On January 27–28, a wildfire described as the worst in Chile's modern history killed at least 11 people, including five firefighters and destroyed the town of Santa Olga in the central Maule Region, displacing thousands of people.[3][4]


On January 20, the Chilean government declared a state of emergency in response to the wildfires.[5]

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet cancelled her planned visit to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for the fifth CELAC Summit on January 24–25 due to the wildfires.[6]

International support[edit]

A wildfire burning in Pirque, Santiago Metropolitan Region, on January 21, 2017.

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