Wildfires in Chile: Canada to send reinforcements

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Wildfires in Chile: Canada to send reinforcements

Canada will send equipment and experts to Chile to help fight devastating wildfires that have raged in the country since early February.

In a statement published on Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would send “assistance such as experts and equipment to fight vegetation fires” to Chile.

He reminded that when wildfires raged in Canada last year, Chile offered “valuable assistance” and now it was time to return that favor.

“The (Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center (CIFFC)) will deploy a reconnaissance and assessment team to Chile. The team will be made up of forest fire experts from CIFFC and provincial and territorial forest fire organisations,” said Civil Defense Minister, Harjit S. Sajjan's office provided detailed information by email.

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Natural Resources Canada also wants to expedite the conclusion of a contribution agreement with CIFFC for the purchase of essential equipment such as pumps and pipes to fight wildfires, it was specified. Part of this equipment will be sent to Chile in the short term.

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Remember that Chile has been facing severe forest fires since the beginning of this month. On February 3, 2024, Chilean authorities declared a state of emergency in the Valparaíso region due to several active forest fires. He also issued the highest level of red alert for several provinces and municipalities.

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The fire destroyed more than 15,000 hectares of land, according to the latest data published Sunday on the website of Chile's national forestry office, CONAF. Nearly a hundred people reportedly died in the fire and many went missing.

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