Wildfires destroy 75 homes in Chile

Valparaiso, Chile fire

Photo by @ClimaValpso

Dozens of homes, at least 75 according to reports, have been destroyed in a wildfire in Valparaiso, Chile that started Thursday afternoon. About 600 residents were forced to evacuate in the Rodelillo and Los Placeres neighborhoods of the city. Some locals complained that the response from firefighters was slow and there was not an adequate amount of water available at fire hydrants.

Valparaiso fire

One of the fires in Rodelillo – Valparaiso, Chile, Yesterday (ayer) and Today (hoy). Photo by @ClimaValpso


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Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of WildfireToday.com and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+

3 thoughts on “Wildfires destroy 75 homes in Chile

  1. So very sad. What amazes me is how green the hillside looks and yet it burned like crazy. Must be very dry.

  2. Was just in that same neighborhood a month ago and remarked to my companion that this would be a challenging interface concern on the right day. Looks like that day arrived. Sad, as the people of Valparaiso are wonderful and the city is beautiful. Not to diminish any losses, but the houses affected are really quite basic – little more than cinder walls and sheet metal roofing.
    Lots of introduced commercial trees in the area though, particularly eucalyptus and Monterey Pine…they don’t burn well do they?

  3. Someone must have done something right to stop this fire mid-slope with continuity of fuels (homes).

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