Fire On The Mountain … Really
This afternoon Cecile & I were in the apartment and started hearing sirens going off. Cecile checked her earthquake site to see if there was another quake/tsunami warning but there was nothing. Then she turned around and I heard an “Oh sh*t.” Billows of black smoke were coming from the hills. I quickly determined that it was nowhere near Joel’s school, so we continued gawking. Cecile has Chile’s emergency information site bookmarked (http://www.onemi.cl if you’re interested. Again, put it in Chrome & it will translate for you) so we soon saw it pop up with an approximate location. It’s near where we were for the Botanical Gardens, hopefully not in there.
Chile’s been going through a major drought for several years and this is the dry season as well (fall/winter is the wet season, but apparently we’re still about a month away from any decent chance of rain). It apparently did get put out fairly quickly, but last report was 140 hectares burned (about 346 acres) and it was near inhabited areas & high tension power lines. No outages for us, and without TV I haven’t been able to find any local news reports yet, will have to check the papers tomorrow. For now, here’s a map and a gallery.
As always, click on the thumbnail for a larger picture