What is the name and location of the wildfire?
As of January 29, 2024, a wildfire described as “out of control” is burning across a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Argentina (1). The fire is active in Los Alerces National Park in Chubut province, northern Patagonia.
Which cities or areas are affected by the wildfire?
The towns most directly impacted by the fire are Esquel and Trevelin, both located about 2,000 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires. The towns and their immediate vicinity in Chubut province are currently under threat, prompting intense efforts by rescue workers to prevent the flames from reaching these communities.
What is the current containment status of the wildfire?
This devastating blaze, covering approximately 1,500 acres, has been declared "out of control" by Mario Cardenas, the head of the park's fire, communications, and emergency department (2). The unfavorable weather conditions, marked by high temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius and persistent winds, are complicating firefighting efforts.
Are there any evacuation orders or alerts in place?
As the fire is primarily taking place in the National Park, there are no evacuations at this time.
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.