Chile is experiencing the worst forest fires in the country’s history after years of drought. The fires are currently spanning roughly 104,800 hectares or 400 square miles, burning mountains that also harbor glaciers.
For example, Mount Llaima, located in Conguillio National Park in the Andes, is covered in glaciers and caught up in the fires. Mitigation efforts have been underway with water-bombing aircraft being supplied by the United States. While ash and soot have been deposited on the glaciers, winds have directed debris away from areas where glaciers are predominant.
See images from Chile’s catastrophic fires.
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