Between January and February of 2017 there were about 3,000 fires in Chile, that burned more than 600,000 hectares of forest.
The strong development of the forestal industry, which is protected by a neoliberal system and comercialism, have led to the loss of original native forest and biodiversity of several regions of Chile.
The cycles of deforestation and the industrial monoculture of pine and eucalyptus causes water shortage due to the great consumption of water of these species. The extensive areas of these plantations and their high combustibility encourage the ideal conditions for forest fires of large magnitudes.
Last summer the international community helped to fight and try to stop this environmental disaster.