Thousands Evacuate Valparaiso as Fire Threatens Chilean Port City

Chile's emergency service Onemi said a forest fire was raging out of control on Friday evening, threatening the Chilean port city of Valparaiso. As a precaution, 4,500 people were being evacuated from Valparaiso and neighboring Vina del Mar and a state of emergency had been declared. The fire was advancing rapidly, and the numbers being evacuated could shortly rise to 15,000. Forest fires are common in Chile around March time, and have been particularly savage this year after a hot, dry summer.