Deadly wildfire in Viña del Mar, Chile exacerbated by extreme weather

The Guardian February 10, 2024, 02:00 PM UTC

Summary: In Viña del Mar, Chile, a deadly wildfire has killed over 130 people, with 370 missing. President Gabriel Boric called it the worst urban fire in 30 years. The extreme conditions, including a heatwave, drought, and intense winds, fueled the blaze. The fire's spread was exacerbated by temperatures over 30C, humidity below 30%, and wind speeds over 30 knots. While arson rumors persist, climate scientists attribute the fires primarily to extreme weather.

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