More than 30 houses have been destroyed by a fire burning on the La Cruz and Mariposas hills in the Chilean city of Valparaiso, located 120 kilometers (74 miles) west of Santiago, on the Pacific coast.
The Carabineros, Chile’s militarized police, said the fire has forced authorities to evacuate the occupants of another 150 homes that could also be affected by the forest fire that broke out after midday on the two hills.
Firefighters from the National Forestry Corporation, or Conaf, and Valparaiso are battling the blaze, which can be seen from different spots in the port city.
The characteristics of the area are making the firefighting work, both from the air and on the ground, difficult given that the focus of the fire is between the two hills among eucalyptus forests and pastureland.
Meanwhile, Gen. Julio Pineda, the commander of the 5th Carabineros Zone, said that so far nobody has been injured, and President Sebastian Piñera and Interior Minister Andres Chadwick are both traveling to the area.
On Feb. 14 another fire spread rapidly due to high winds along the coast, destroying some 150 homes, injuring 27 people and leaving more than 1,000 people homeless.