Faced with the fires in Chile, the authorities call tourists to find out about the situation

Due to the contingency, the National Forestry Corporation (Conaf) determined the closure of Protected Wilderness Areas in six regions of the country as a measure to protect the population and visitors

(Source: Sernatur)

Chile is facing an emergency situation as a result of forest fires in the center-south zone of the country. Multidisciplinary teams have been working since Thursday, February 2, in different areas to combat the spread of fire, tasks that have already been joined by professionals from countries such as Spain, Mexico, and Colombia, among others.

For this reason, the National Forestry Corporation (Conaf), which leads the coordination of the fight against forest fires, announced the closure of National Parks and Reserves as a preventive and protection measure for the population and visitors and to minimize risk factors in the generation of this type of accident in other areas of the country, mainly due to the high temperatures that will be recorded in the coming days.

Temporary closures: 

Coquimbo Region

Fray Jorge Forest Park

Reserve The Chinchillas

Metropolitan region

Rio Clarillo National Park

Maule Region

Radal Siete Tazas National Park

Lircay Highlands National Reserve

Ñuble Region

Ñuble Reserve

Reserve Huemules de Nibilinto

Bio bio region

Nonguén National Park

Altos de Pemehue National Reserve

Laguna del Laja National Park (only access to the Las Chilcas trail)

Ralco National Reserve (only access to Las Vegas del Ralco)

Araucania region

(Temporary closure from Tuesday, February 7 to Sunday, February 12, 2023)

Villarica National Park

Huerquehue National Park

Cerro Ñielol Natural Monument

Tolhuaca National Park

Nahuelbuta National Park

Conguillio National Park

Malleco National Reserve

Contulmo National Reserve

Villarrica National Reserve  

Dead China National Reserve

Nalcas National Reserve

Alto Biobío National Reserve

Malalcahuello National Reserve 

Responsible tourism this summer
Since one of the main threats in the State's protected wilderness areas is fire, the authorities also call for being a responsible tourist when visiting the parks, reserves and natural monuments administered by Conaf to avoid causing more fires forests in these areas that cover an approximate area of ​​18.6 million hectares, 21.3% of the continental territory of Chile.

Chile takes care of you
The Government of Chile makes available to foreign tourists an orientation guide for tourists arriving in our country, where they can find recommendations for a good trip and contains advice on prevention, self-care and response to a contingency, as well as of contact numbers for emergency services and links to access web pages of institutions related to Wilderness Protected Areas of the State.

Foreign and national visitors can access the document by scanning the QR codes that will be available at airports, border crossings and different tourist services.

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