Southern Argentina on alert due to forest fires forcing the evacuation of over 200 people

Despite the rains that fell in the province of Chubut during the night, residents and authorities remain on alert because of the fire.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Despite the rains that fell in the province of Chubut, in southern Argentina, forest fires that are consuming houses and a total of 2,600 hectares of trans-Andean Patagonia continue unabated.

In the towns of Cholila, El Maitén, Lago Puelo and Las Golondrinas, fires remain uncontrolled and have forced the evacuation of some 200 people, leaving many injured and 10 people reported missing.

"I am going to file a criminal complaint because this is an intentional fire," said the Minister of Environment, Juan Cabandié, at a press conference.

"There are 15 people missing, because . . .

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