BUENOS AIRES – The wildfire that broke out almost two weeks ago in the southern Argentine province of Chubut continues to burn out of control and has destroyed some 20,000 hectares (43,000 acres) of native woodland, officials told Efe on Friday.
“We’ve made progress with the operation but the fire is still out of control,” Jorge Barrionuevo, head of the National Fire Management System of the Argentine Environment Secretariat, told Efe.
“Weather conditions kept air tankers from taking off both on Thursday and today – all the work is being done by fire brigades on the ground,” he said.
In the area of the blaze, declared by the Chubut provincial government to be in an environmental emergency, some 150 firefighters are combating the flames.
The fire was started by a lightning bolt last Feb. 15 at some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Chubut town of Cholila.