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21:43. Santiago, April. 12. The Chilean government decreed a state of emergency in Valparaiso as a result of a forest fire today and registered at the time has become uncontrollable, confirmed the Interior Minister Rodrigo Peñailillo.
He explained that the measure was enacted by President Michelle Bachelet and considers the involvement of the military in the emergency zone, to prevent further spread of the fire and evacuate the population.
"The fire is in full swing. We do not know exactly the number of affected homes.'s Latest report showed us that at least 100 of them were totally burned," said El Mercurio.
Peñailillo went to Valparaiso tonight to assess the situation on site and work with fire control and security.
It is still unknown how the emergency on the hills of Valparaiso originated, which last year reported a similar incident.
Minute by Minute: Valparaiso Mayor says 3000 people have been evacuadasLa Saturday afternoon a wildfire broke out in the hills of Mariposa and El Vergel city harbor. The fire could not be controlled and the government declared a state of emergency in the area.
Over the hours, the fire became uncontrollable and reached two ridges of the more than 40 in Valparaíso, where thousands of people live in houses made of wood and tin.
Twenty-seven people, including five children, are being treated for minor injuries and smoke intoxication, said Claudio Fernandez, director of the local Van Buren Hospital.
In relation to those affected , the Municipality of Valparaíso ordered three shelters , distributed in Greece, Pablo Neruda and complex Florida schools. On the other hand , are reported when more than 100 homes destroyed and about 5000 people evacuated in the affected sectors of the hills .
A wildfire in Chile consumed more than 500 homes Saturday and continues to rage in highly populated areas, officials said.
Meanwhile, Valparaiso Fire and Conaf still struggling to control the flames on several hills of the city. The fire has been fueled throughout the day by high winds present in the area.
The fire started as a forest fire near 16:00 hours on the road The Gunpowder, but spread out of control after a populated hills of La Cruz, El Vergel, Nun and Butterflies areas. But the hills were at risk Reeds and San Roque.
Note that the communes of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar meet Red Alert in effect for wildfire, so constant monitoring is maintained and will have the resources needed to overcome the emergency.
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01.31 hrs -. Preliminarily two people are reported dead following the fire that affects Valparaiso.
VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) — A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colorful port city, killing at least 16 people and destroying more than 500 homes. More than 10,000 people were evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison.
It was already the worst fire to hit the picturesque seaside city of 250,000 people since 1953, when 50 people were killed and every structure was destroyed on several of the city's hills.
Chile poured firefighters and police into the battle against a wildfire that swept through hundreds of homes in the Pacific coastal city of Valparaiso, leaving at least 16 dead, according to Chile's National Emergency Office's website. The site is attributing that number to police.
The wind hampered firefighters' ability to create firebreaks, and the blaze had spread to nearly 2,000 acres, according to Chile's National Emergency Office.
In addition, plans were being drawn up to evacuate inmates at Valparaiso prison as a preventive measure, Mayor Jorge Castro said. The city is under a red alert, said emergency office spokesman Ricardo Toro.