Wildfires in Chile have affected large areas of forests and grasslands. As of 30 January 2017, the authorities have reported, at national level: 58 active fires affecting 366,519.7 hectares of vegetation in the regions of Valparaiso, Metropolitan, O'Higgins, Maule, Bío Bío, La Araucanía, and Los Lagos. In addition, 11 people have died, 3,782 have been affected, 1,108 are in shelters, and 1,012 homes have been destroyed.
The health network has mobilized, reinforcing areas affected through medical personnel and mobile units. The coordination network has been strengthened to deal with any health requests health for both the population and people working to battle the fires. About 7,000 people are working to control and extinguish the fires: firefighters, relief agencies, and volunteers. At the moment, the Ministry of Health is reinforcing immediate medical care in all specialized areas. In addition, teams of experts are being made available to support mental health operations. The President of Chile has declared a state of constitutional exception, state of catastrophe, and simultaneously a disaster area, for all areas affected. The Government of Chile has requested support from Mexico, United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay for equipment and personnel to help combat the wildfires affecting the country.