Chile: Wildfires Generate Losses for Chilean Agriculture
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In February, wildfires ravaged central Chile throughout the the Maule, Biobio, Ñuble, and Araucania regions. The fires expanded quickly due to high temperatures and windy conditions, causing loss of lives, destruction of homes, and damage to basic infrastructure. The wildfires killed 26 people and burned 441,316 hectares of land. Impacts on agriculture were significant, affecting 6,993 farmers, most of them small and subsistence farmers.