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Piñera says Torres del Paine fire under control; 12.795 hectares lost to the blaze

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012 - 00:52 UTC
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The fire that broke out in the Chilean Patagonia Torres del Paine national park forest is under control due to the effort of hundreds of fire-fighters and improved climatic conditions, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced Monday afternoon.
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  • GeoffWard2

    I have no idea about the fire-management control system for the Torres del Paine.
    Anybody know if this is a fire-controlled sub-climax community?

    Many forests in the northern continent, etc, would be managed much better if fire was allowed to do its natural thing, at the natural intervals, and thus stop the build up of brash/tinder, allowing 'hot fire' conflagrations.

    Jan 03rd, 2012 - 03:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • nizinadan

    Torres del Paine re-opening announced (3 January 2012): Chile's emergency management ministry, the park service and President Piñera met today and decided to re-open 100,000 hectares of Torres del Paine National Park. This is the northern part of the park unaffected by the forest fire, including the famous Torres and Cuernos lookouts. The part affected by the fire which remains closed includes hotels Explora, Pehoe and Lago Grey. The opening is to take place at 8 a.m. on Wednesday 4 January.

    Jan 03rd, 2012 - 10:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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