Thursday 6 March 2008
Smoky Valparaiso II
On Monday evening, the smoke in Valparaiso was pretty awful. The air was thick with the smell of it and it was actually hard to breathe. I had a terrible headache. It was like being in Santiago in June.
Tuesday and Wednesday were much better. So much so that I didn't check the news to see the status of the fire. But yesterday evening, the smoke was back and there was a blizzard of ash. The whole city is now covered in a grey-black dust.
The fire was intentionally set. Two separate fires were started at the same time, which obviously suggests more than one complete and utter twat involved. I really don't understand why people do such stupid stuff.
Around 3600 hectares of forest have now been burnt, spewing smoke into the atmosphere. Homes in Laguna Verde have been evacuated and at least one death has been reported amongst the elderly due to respiratory problems. Perhaps the culprits should be tried for murder?
Anyway, one upside of the smoke yesterday was that, close to sunset, Valparaiso was quite literally glowing. Pretty spectacular.