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High Winds, Drought Feed Chilean Forest Fires

Strong winds and unusually hot weather in southern Chile are fueling out-of-control forest fires, which are consuming large swaths of national parks and ancient woodland parched by a prolonged drought. The fires have burned over 6,000 hectares (14,800 acres) at the China Muerta and Nalca Lolco reserves, as well as the Conguillio national park, revered for its forests of thousand-year-old Araucarias, or monkey puzzle trees. Strong winds, drought and a strike by firefighters have...

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