CHILE DECLARES DISASTER AFTER FIRE STORMS

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VALPARAïSO, Chile: Chile on Sunday mobilized its military to help evacuate thousands of people in its port city of Valparaiso threatened by a huge, out-of-control forest fire that has already destroyed 500 homes and was advancing on others. President Michelle Bachelet declared the massive blaze threatening the city—whose historic center is a protected UNESCO heritage site—a disaster zone, permitting the armed forces to step in. “This is the worst catastrophe Valparaiso has ever seen,” the regional government administrator, Ricardo Bravo, told local reporters.

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