CHILE has been battling the worst wildfires in its modern history, with at least six people dead and one town completely destroyed.
The fires are concentrated in the central Maule region, where the municipality of Santa Olga has been razed to the ground, with more than 1,000 buildings reduced to ashes.
International help has come from France, Peru, Mexico, the United States and Russia, with the latter two dispatching super tanker aircraft capable of holding almost 73,000 litres of water.
More than 100 fires continue to rage after almost two weeks, with almost 360,000 hectares of land affected, and the country’s president, Michelle Bachelet, has called the catastrophe the worst forest disaster in Chile’s history.
Thousands of people have been evacuated and the charred carcasses of horses, lambs, chickens and other livestock have been buried in order to avoid the spread of disease.