Chilé — SAN JOSÉ DE MAIPO The National Emergency Office of the Interior Ministry (Onemi) of the Metropolitana Region, together with the CONAF (Corporación Nacional Forestal de Chile) has declared a yellow alert in the aftermath of a forest fire yesterday in San José de Maipo, which might spread to the houses of the area. It has affected 10 hectares so far, located in the El Toyo area (ruta G 421, km 20).
One person has been injured due to the fire, which has destroyed a house and one vehicle. The Ambassador of Philippines, 11 nuns from the Carmelitas Descalzas convent, and 10 other people have been evacuated.
Fire departments are still on site to fight the fire, which is likely a result of the unusually high temperatures over the weekend in the Metropolitana region. The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement
Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.
But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.
A network of 500 fire trails and strategic burns along the north-west urban edge, heavy grazing and extra grass slashing will create a fortress for the territory which forecasters say faces a higher than average risk this summer.
After a fire-fuelled tornado in January 2003 killed four Canberrans and frightened thousands more, CSIRO fire expert Phil Cheney told the subsequent inquiry the fire’s penetration into urban areas under extreme conditions did not reflect a failure of fuel management on the urban interface.