Aircraft of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations continue battling wildfires in Chile. Red alert has been declared in two districts due to worsening of the situation caused by temperature above 35 degrees and strong winds. Thanks to an Emergency Ministry’s Ilyushin Il-76 plane in close cooperation with ground teams, blazes have been stopped today from spreading to two cities of Melipilla and San Pedro populated by more than 110 thousand people.
Over the past 24 hours the Russian jet made two rounds and dumped more than 40 tons of water on a wildfire. In all, the Russian planes have in Chile have made 21 flights, 40 water-bombing rounds dropping 882 thousand liters of water. 9 towns have been protected from fires with the assistance of the Russian Il-76.
The planes are going to keep on working in Chile until the situation is completely stable.