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Wildfires Devastate Chilean Wine Regions

By March 23, 2023Top News

Wildfires destroyed wineries and scorched vineyards in south-central Chile after temperatures reached a high of 104 degrees during the first weekend of February. Three regions—Araucanía, Biobío and Ñubla—declared a state of emergency as the National Service for Disaster Prevention and Response battled those fires. Chile’s firefighting efforts continued nearly three weeks after hundreds of fires erupted in several Southern provinces, burning more than 1 million acres, destroying more than 2,100 homes and businesses, and killing at least 25 people. According to officials, dozens of uncontrolled fires are still burning in and around Concepción province, which lies 350 miles south of Santiago. The Bío Bío Valley and Itata Valley regions contain some of Chile’s oldest vines, many over 150 years old. More than 6,800 producers, including several producers who lost entire vineyards and wineries, are small, independent growers. Dozens of efforts to help the region have launched as fires continued to burn, from international firefighting to financial aid.

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