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Forest fires rage in western central Argentina province of Mendoza for several days

9 January 2018

Wildfires raged in Argentina's western central Mendoza province yesterday. Dry weather conditions coupled with soaring temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius fanned the fires. Firefighters used heavy machinery to open up roads to trap the fire. According to authorities, several fires simultaneously started blazing at the weekend. Officials told local media they estimate the fires have already destroyed more than 100,000 hectares.