Patagonian forest fires threaten protected areas in Argentina near Chile, many dead, missing

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Dozens of out-of-control fires have destroyed at least 1,200 hectares of area protected for its ancient trees in the Los Alerces National Park, 1,200 miles southwest of Buenos Aires.

Seven people were confirmed dead, 15 missing as fires burned homes in the region of the Valdivian forest in the pristine Andean pre-mountain range at the border with Chile, according to the Argentinian government.

by Milan Sime Martinic