What is the name and location of the wildfire?
A devastating wildfire in Chile, the Viña del Mar wildfire, has destroyed neighborhoods and killed at least 130 people as of February 7, 2024 (1)(2). Wildfires fueled by a heat wave in Chile and neighboring Argentina have significantly impacted air quality, health, and safety in the central and northern regions of the country, especially on the scenic Valparaíso region.
The tragically high death toll makes this fire the fifth deadliest wildfire in the world since 1900 (3).
Which cities or areas are affected by the wildfire?
The Viña del Mar wildfire has burned in several cities and areas in Chile.
Among the most affected are Viña del Mar, renowned for its beaches and gardens, Valparaiso, and Quilpué. These areas have experienced widespread destruction of homes and buildings, turning neighborhoods into ashes.
What is the current containment status of the wildfire?
Containment efforts for the Viña del Mar wildfire are ongoing, with firefighters struggling to control over 160 blazes. Authorities are facing challenges due to the scale of the fires and the adverse weather conditions.
Are there any evacuation orders or alerts in place?
Given the severity of the Viña del Mar wildfire, evacuation orders and alerts have been issued to ensure the safety of residents. Coastal cities such as Viña del Mar and Valparaiso have been particularly affected, prompting President Gabriel Boric to declare a state of emergency.
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How can I protect myself from wildfire smoke?
Always plan ahead to protect yourself from wildfire smoke.
- Get a free air quality app for real-time air quality alerts and forecasts.
- Shut doors and windows and set the HVAC to recirculate mode.
- Run a high-performance air purifier to filter wildfire smoke.
- Contribute to your community’s outdoor air quality data.
- Stay indoors; if you do need to go outdoors, wear a KN95/FFP2 mask.