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Chile wildfires destroy over 19,000 acres of land

STORY: The declaration allows for the deployment of the armed forces and provides for greater coordination in firefighting and public security.

Hundreds of homes have been damaged by dozens of fires, authorities said Friday (February 3).

Thirty-eight fires are raging between the central capital city of Santiago and the country's south, with the worst seen in Nuble and Biobio, as well as the Araucania region.