Firefighters die battling largest blaze in Chile in decades

3 firefighters were killed and another three were injured as emergency services continued to tackle numerous wildfires that have been devastating central and southern Chile.
Around 130,000 hectares of forest and grassland have been burnt to the ground in some 46 wildfires raging between the regions of O’Higgins and Los Lagos.

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In This Story: Chile

Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a country in western South America. It occupies a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Chile covers an area of 756,096 square kilometres (291,930 sq mi) and has a population of 17.5 million as of 2017. The capital and largest city is Santiago and the national language is Spanish.

Chile borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Isla Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica under the Chilean Antarctic Territory.

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