Wednesday 20 September 2017

Over 100 rapidly spreading wildfires spread from Chilean mountains to Pacific Ocean

A firefighter gestures while standing near his firetruck as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A firefighter gestures while standing near his firetruck as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

Flames from more than 100 raging wildfires in Chile are continuing to spread quickly from the mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

The fires are destroying forests, livestock and whole towns in a destructive path that is now dangerously close to the coastal city of Concepcion.

Authorities say they found a body on Friday, raising the overall death toll to 11.

About 118 fires remain active and 53 of those are contained.

Officials are hopeful that light rains and lower temperatures on Friday will provide some relief, but the flames have picked up near two residential areas in Concepcion, about 310 miles from the Chilean capital Santiago.

President Michelle Bachelet has called the wildfires the worst forest disaster in Chile's history.

A religious figurine is seen in front of a burnt construction site as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A religious figurine is seen in front of a burnt construction site as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
People hug while standing next to burnt houses as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A woman takes photographs while standing next to burnt houses as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A burnt car and the remains of burnt houses are seen as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
People ride in a car loaded with household items as they drive past burnt houses as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A man carries a stove while walking through the remains of a burnt house as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A woman walks through the remains of burnt houses as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A man stands next to the remains of a burnt house as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A woman looks at the remains of a burnt house as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A woman walks past the remains of burnt houses as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
People walk past the remains of burnt houses as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A metal sheet hangs over the remains of a burnt tree as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
The remains of burnt houses are seen through the window of a destroyed house as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A man sits next to the remains of burnt houses as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A woman sits amidst the remains of a burnt house in Santa Olga, Chile, as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
The remains of burnt houses are seen as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Firefighters are seen near burning trees as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A firefighting plane drops fire retardant as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A woman and children look at the remains of a burnt house in Santa Olga, Chile, as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
Fires engulf trees as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
A youth looks for salvageable items among the debris of a burnt house as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
A man walks past burnt cars as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
People look for salvageable items among the debris of a burnt house as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
A firefighter gestures while standing near his firetruck as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
People look for salvageable items among the debris of a burnt house as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
People load household goods into their vehicle while they prepare to evacuate the area as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A firefighter takes a break as he and colleagues try to extinguish wildfires that are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Soldiers stand guard on a road as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Firefighters take a break while trying to extinguish wildfires that are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Soldiers carry a dog to safety as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Firefighters try to stop a fire as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
A man stands next to a wood depot on fire as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
A firefighter gestures as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
Firefighters try to stop the fire as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
Firefighters try to stop the fire as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
Firefighters try to stop the fire as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Firefighters try to stop the fire as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
Beehives are seen along a road and amidst burnt vegetation as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Firefighters try to stop the fire as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
Cars are driven on a road in the smoky haze of wildfires that are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Bees sit on a burnt honeycomb as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Beehives are seen in front of a burnt forest as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A firefighter tries to stop the fire as the worst wildfires in Chile's modern history ravaged wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Juan Vega holds a cigarette while looking out over the rubble of a home that was destroyed by a wildfire in Santa Olga, Chile, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Officials say the town was consumed by the country's worst wildfires, engulfing the post office, a kindergarten and hundreds of homes. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Firefighters talk outside a home in a community threatened by a wildfire in Villa La Union, Chile, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. The ferocity of the flames prompted President Michelle Bachelet's to declare a state of emergency, deploy troops and ask for international help, calling it "the greatest forest disaster" in Chile's history. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
A firefighter walks through a community threatened by a forest fire in Villa La Union, Chile, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. The ferocity of the flames prompted President Michelle Bachelet's to declare a state of emergency, deploy troops and ask for international help, calling it "the greatest forest disaster" in Chile's history. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
The Vega Salinas family searches what's left of their fire-destroyed home in Santa Olga, Chile, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Officials say the town was consumed by the country's worst wildfires, engulfing the post office, a kindergarten and hundreds of homes. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
A couple walks through a neighborhood destroyed by fire in Santa Olga, Chile, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Officials say the town was consumed by the country's worst wildfires, engulfing the post office, a kindergarten and hundreds of homes. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Constanza Vega searches the charred remains of her home for coins she had saved up, after a fire in Santa Olga, Chile, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Officials say the town was consumed by the country's worst wildfires, engulfing the post office, a kindergarten and hundreds of homes. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
People walk in the smoky haze of wildfires that are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Concepcion, Chile January 26, 2017. Picture taken January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Juan Gonzalez EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
The sun is seen in the smoky haze of wildfires that are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Concepcion, Chile January 26, 2017. Picture taken January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Juan Gonzalez EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
People and cars move in the smoky haze of wildfires ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Concepcion, Chile January 26, 2017. Picture taken January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Juan Gonzalez EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Burnt trees and the remains of houses are seen as wildfires are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Santa Olga, Chile January 26, 2017. Picture taken January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
Burning hills are seen behind a house as wildfires ravage wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, in Concepcion, Chile January 26, 2017. Picture taken January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Juan Gonzalez EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

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