Chile: Fruit industry remains safe from forest fires

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Published Feb 6, 2024

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Due to a heat wave causing extreme temperatures and low humidity, forest fires have erupted in Valparaíso, Chile, affecting around 10,000 hectares, which is double the area impacted last year. Currently, seven fires are active, with efforts underway to combat five, one being controlled, and one under observation. Across Chile, 180 fires have affected approximately 29,000 hectares. The fruit sector is taking preventive steps to safeguard workers and production, including adjusting work schedules to avoid peak solar radiation and temperature periods.
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Last Friday, February 2, the first outbreaks of forest fires were detected in Valparaíso, the fifth region of Chile, which spread rapidly due to a heat wave that has generated a lack of humidity and extreme temperatures in the country. “This year we have had fewer fires, but we see a greater impact in hectares. Last year we had about 5,000 hectares affected to date and today we are around 10,000 as a result of these large fires,” explained the Minister of Agriculture of Chile, Esteban Valenzuela. Currently there are at least seven active fires in the area, of which five are being fought, one is controlled and the last one is under observation by the National Forestry Corporation of Chile (CONAF). To the one in Valparaíso, there are ten other incidents in the regions of Coquimbo, Metropolitana, O'Higgins, Maule, Ñuble, Biobio, Aeaucanía, Los Lagos, Aysén and Los Ríos. In total, there are records of 180 fires, with a total affected area of around 29,000 hectares. Faced with the ...
Source: MXfruit
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