Back from my holidays. And my country is in flames.

@marguicha (100268)
Chile
January 30, 2017 7:16pm CST
This was not a good vacation for me. I´m glad that I was a company for my 94 year old aunt. But most of the time we were watching a very old TV set in horror as fires grew in my country. This is much worse that any of the big earthquakes that I have witnessed, except for the 1960 earthquake which is the biggiest ever recorded. When there are big earthquakes, we are prepared. And mostly very old houses fall. But jobs remain so that we can build again what fell down. In these fires, big forests are burning and our timber industry is no more. With that, many people will lose their way of living. Animals have been burned too and wild life is in danger. I can only say thanks for the help of many countries. We are still fighting the biggest fire ever that our country has had.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
31 Jan 17
I did see this on the news today. Apparently it is also raining quite heavily but the rain does not seem to be helping a great deal towards controlling the fire.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
It is not raining where the fire is. You may have seen rain because there are big planes throwing water.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
31 Jan 17
@marguicha Rain was specifically mentioned on the news, which they stated was not helping to control the fire.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
@Asylum I have been watching the news and nothing has been said about rain. I´ll check.
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@Happy2BeMe (74975)
• Canada
31 Jan 17
I am so sorry to hear this. That is so devastating for your country. I was just thinking of you today. Welcome back but sorry it is this way.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
Thank you. This is absoolutly the worst thing that has happened in my country. If some of the fires have been man made, I would place them in jail for life.
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@Happy2BeMe (74975)
• Canada
31 Jan 17
@marguicha if it is caused by man then yes they should be jailed. I hope that they are able to get it under control soon.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
@Happy2BeMe I hope so. The news are devastating.
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@mysdianait (64056)
• Italy
2 Feb 17
I was wondering yesterday if you were already back and had not seen this. Welcome back! I see thise was posted a couple of days ago and I hope that everything is now under control.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
2 Feb 17
We have had the greatest forest fires ever recorded here. And it is not under control yet. We have rented the biggest aircrafts designed to control fires and we have also had international help. Still, the fire goes on destroying everything.
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@mysdianait (64056)
• Italy
2 Feb 17
@marguicha This makes me really mad because I have seen no mention of these fires on out TV here We should have heard of them as it sounds like a really huge disaster. I hope no lives have been lost.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
2 Feb 17
@mysdianait !" lives have been already lost and I believe that the disaster is worse than a big earthquake.
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@lealuvy2j (1989)
• Philippines
31 Jan 17
I am so sorry that this happened. This is why I truly believe that we should all be worried about climate change and global warming. These forest fires are a result of this.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
The climate has not helped. But there is a possibility that part of them were man made fires.
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• United States
31 Jan 17
@marguicha wow, that is horrible! Why on earth would anyone purposely set a fire?
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
@ElusiveButterfly There are two kinds of such bad people. Some are insane, but most of them are terrorists
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
31 Jan 17
I am so sorry to hear this. I pray the fire will soon be under control.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
I hope so too. But so far, one is put out and another one appears.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
31 Jan 17
@marguicha That's awful.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
@Gillygirl I never knew fires could be so bad until I saw this one.
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@allen0187 (33857)
• Philippines
31 Jan 17
Hard to like a post such as this. So sorry for this. Hopefully, steps will be undertaken to control the damage caused by these fires.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
Many people are fighting the fire including international help. This has been the worst catastrophe I have seen in my life.
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@allen0187 (33857)
• Philippines
31 Jan 17
@marguicha so sad to hear that. However, there is hope seeing that people from around the world are helping to address the problem.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
3 Feb 17
@allen0187 The best in technology is here, yet the fires continue.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Jan 17
This is really bad news. Wildfires like this can be very devastating.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
It is awful! And the loss is beyond measure.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Jan 17
@marguicha I understand there are thousands of hectares burnt.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
@JudyEv Yes. The loss is great. And some people have lost all they had and it will take years to start over.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
31 Jan 17
I'm sorry to hear this. =( I'm sorry that your vacation wasn't great. I hope somehow they can get control of the fires.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
Several countries have sent help with special aircraft and firemen. But the fire is not under control yet.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
31 Jan 17
@marguicha I hope it will be soon.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
@LovingMyBabies I hope so. But is is not easy. The summer temperatures and the drought does not help.
@rebelann (42442)
• El Paso, Texas
31 Jan 17
I'm putting Chili in my prayers, I hope you get no less than 4 days of steady rain. Hopefully you and your family are ok.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
My family is ok. But there are many families that have lost everything.
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@rebelann (42442)
• El Paso, Texas
31 Jan 17
Such a shame @marguicha
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@garymarsh6 (14367)
• United Kingdom
31 Jan 17
OH dear I am so sorry to read this. As long as you are safe that is all that matters!
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
I am safe, but a big part of my country is in flames or in ashes
• United States
31 Jan 17
Hopefully they can get that fire under control and out quickly. Forest fires are pretty scary
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
This has been going on for weeks.
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@BelleStarr (39591)
• United States
31 Jan 17
I have not seen anything about this on our news which makes me again realize how inadequate our news is here in the US they would rather comment on stupid political things than world news.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
This forest fire is a greater catastrophe for our country than a big earthquake. And in spite of international aid, it has not stopped.
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@Morleyhunt (20316)
• Canada
31 Jan 17
Welcome back. Forest fires have affected so many lives. The effects are devastating.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
My country has many forests and many people depend on them.
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@allknowing (68695)
• India
31 Jan 17
Good to see you back. Missed you. There is nothing one can do with unannounced natural calamities but pray
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
People are still fighting the fires with international help.
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@cahaya1983 (10039)
• Malaysia
31 Jan 17
I saw it on the news, it's really sad knowing what's happening. I hope things will be better very soon.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
I hope so, but summer heat and wind does not help.
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@Kandae11 (40320)
31 Jan 17
Sorry to hear about what is happening in your country. Why do people do these things?
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
Part of it is because of natural causes. Yet around 50 people are in prison whjile police checks their participation in the fires.
• United States
31 Jan 17
That is not great news. I hope that they get the fires under control soon.
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@marguicha (100268)
• Chile
31 Jan 17
It has been going on for more than 2 weeks.