SANTIAGO – Some residents of the coastal city of Valparaiso were ordered Monday to leave their homes as a wildfire raged, Chilean authorities said.
The effects of the blaze caused scattered power outages, but electricity has been restored throughout the city, according to officials.
The fire has generated a towering column of smoke that is visible from nearby cities and towns.
Supported by aircraft, firefighters from the Conaf forest service are battling the flames with help from the municipal departments in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.
Temperatures of 34 C (93 F) and high winds typical of the coast this time of year are making the task of fighting the fire more difficult.