Sudden shift in Chilean wildfire kills 6 firefighters, badly burns 2; 1 still missing

Posted on January 5, 2012


SANTIAGO, Chile — Shifting winds caused flames to sweep over a group of firefighters battling wildfires in Chile on Thursday, killing six of them, badly burning two and leaving another missing.

A 10th firefighter listed as missing after his brigade was trapped in the flames was later found unhurt, said Gov. Miguel Mellado of Cautin, a state about 450 miles (730 kilometers) south of the capital, Santiago.

Washington Post

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