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27 January 2017

chile’s worst wildfire destroys town as help arrives

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More international help has been arriving in Chile to help the country fight the worst wildfire in its modern history.

Russia has sent a super-tanker aircraft capable of carrying tons of water to douse the fires.

The series of fast-spreading fires, mostly in Chile’s central region, are being fanned by strong winds, high temperatures and a prolonged drought.

One town, Santa Olga, has been destroyed by the blaze.

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In Santa Olga, 1,000 homes in the town razed to the ground

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he charred remains of one person were found in the town – 6,000 residents fled unharmed 

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People took their animals with them as the fire spread

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Many people were left homeless and in despair 

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Multiple blazes have ravaged 238,000 hectares (588,000) across Chile – the National Forestry Corporation says they are still growing 

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Firefighters have been mourning the deaths of five of their colleagues who died helping people move out of danger
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