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AssistAlert: Chilean Valparaiso Region Razed by Wildfires

AssistAlert: Chilean Valparaiso Region Razed by Wildfires


Chilean Valparaiso Region Razed by Wildfires


A state of emergency has been declared in the Valparaiso region of Chile as a result of severe wildfires overtaking the area, now recognized as the worst natural disaster to strike the area since the 2010 earthquake. With conditions exacerbated by wind and regional heat, the fires have already razed an estimated 39,903 acres of land, resulting in the loss of 112 lives and 14,000 homes. Evacuation orders have been issued amid the spread and mandatory curfews have been imposed in Limache, Quilpue, Villa Alemana, and Vina del Mar to allow for movement of emergency response teams. Health alerts have been raised from the resulting smoke, noxious gases, and ashfall for individuals in the surrounding areas, especially for those with preexisting respiratory conditions.


  • Follow all official directives and evacuate if necessary
  • Wear a mask in areas with poor air quality as a result of wildfire smoke
  • Do not venture into areas with active fires
  • For local residents, do not return home until authorities indicate that it is safe to do so
  • Keep an emergency bag on hand with important documents and ample food and water

Members are encouraged to contact Assist America if travel assistance is required.



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