Eerie scene as Chile firefighters battle forest blaze

STORY: Over 716,606 acres (290,000 hectares) have been ravaged by fires this season and forecasts for higher temperatures stretching from Santiago to the southern regions that have been the focal point of the flames have raised concerns about the current active fires.

High temperatures are forecast through Friday and could rise above 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 Celsius) in the central Maule y Nuble regions, creating a very complex situation in terms of weather, authorities said.