Fire spreads in southern Bolivian city of Tarija, volunteer numbers increase

13 August 2017

Two people are dead in southern Bolivia where the military has been called up to help local firefighters fight a three-day blaze in the mountains around the city of Tarija. Local media reported 12,000 hectares have now been lost with a state of emergency being declared in Tarija.

Food and water donations have begun arriving from across the country.  At least 700 residents have been evacuated.  Authorities said a total of 20,000 volunteers - here seen leaving for the day - are actively helping to put out the fire with more troops arriving on Sunday morning.