BUENOS AIRES – A fire that broke out a week ago in Argentina’s southern Chubut province continues to rage out of control after burning some 10,000 hectares (about 25,000 acres) of native forest, authorities said Monday.
“We’ve got a real emergency, the fire is out of control,” said the chief of operations for the firefighters working in the zone, Jose Saldivia.
“Other fire foci have emerged,” Saldivia added in remarks to the state-run Telam news agency.
Chubut Gov. Martin Buzzi said that some 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) have been destroyed by the blaze and he announced that on Monday he will travel to the area to set up a crisis cabinet there.
The fire broke out after a lightning strike in the Tigre River valley some 40 km (25 mi.) from the town of Cholila.
The high temperatures in the area have enabled the flames to jump the firebreaks established to try and contain it and are making bringing it under control more difficult for the 120 firefighters working in the area.