Providing relief to victims of Chile wildfires

The president of Chile flies over areas affected by forest fires in the Valparaíso Region. (Government of Chile)

Abercrombie & Kent Chile is mobilizing to provide relief after the country’s worst disaster since a 2010 earthquake.  

Devastating wildfires have killed more than 120 people. There are 161 fires actively burning across the country, according to the Chilean National Disaster Prevention and Response Service.

Chile’s president declared a state of emergency as coastal cities like Viña del Mar and Valparaiso were smothered by smoke; residents in central regions were also forced to evacuate their homes.

The fires began as Chile and other South American countries experienced intense heatwaves fueled and worsened by climate change and El Niño. This naturally occurring climate pattern happens on average every two to seven years. In Santiago, Chile, the temperature reached 99.1°F (37.3°C) on January 31—the third highest recorded temperature in 112 years.

A&K is uniquely positioned to deliver emergency relief quickly; we have the vehicles, drivers and knowledge of the landscape, with financial assistance from Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy. A&K Chile will distribute food, water and blankets directly to victims. The A&K Chile team is also working to help a staff member’s aunt, whose belongings, house and dog were lost to the fires.

Click here to contribute to the emergency relief efforts in Chile.