The Great Valparaiso Fire and Fire Safety Management in Chile

Pedro Reszka, Andrés Fuentes

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The Great Valparaiso Fire started as a wildfire on the outskirts of the city. The fire spread through the wildland–urban interface towards the city. In 5 days, it claimed the lives of 15 people, injured more than 500 people, destroyed over 2,900 homes, burned over 1,000 ha, and displaced approximately 12,500 people. In this Letter to the Editor, several issues that facilitated the tragic events are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-758
Number of pages6
JournalFire Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 18 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • WUI fires
  • Wildfires


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