Chile’s worst wildfire destroys town

More international help has been arriving in Chile to help the country fight the worst wildfire in the country’s modern history.

Russia has sent a super-tanker aircraft capable of carrying tons of water to douse the fires.

The series of fast-spreading fires mostly in Chile’s central region, are being fanned by strong winds, high temperatures and a prolonged drought.

One town, Santa Olga, has been completely destroyed by the blaze.

Santa Olga, 240 kilometres south of Santiago, on January 26, 2017

A woman takes a break while working to clean up the debris after a forest fire devastated Santa Olga, 240 kilometres south of Santiago, on January 26, 2017.

People leave San Ramon in a car taking their horse by the reins after a forest fire devastated the nearby town of Santa Olga

People took their animals with them as the fire spread

A young couple rest in a football field after a forest fire devastated Santa Olga, 26 January 2017

Many people were left homeless and in despair

A firefighter mourns in the coastal resort of Llico, 26 January 2017

Firefighters have been mourning the deaths of five of their colleagues who died helping people move out of danger

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