LOOK: Images From Forest Fire That Threatens Chilean City : The Two-Way The blaze on the outskirts of Valparaiso, Chile, has prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency; about 4,500 people have been evacuated from their homes.
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LOOK: Images From Forest Fire That Threatens Chilean City

A major forest fire is threatening the Chilean coastal city of Valparaiso, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency and evacuate about 4,500 people from their homes.

The fire began at an illegal garbage dump, officials said, and spread because of high winds. The Associated Press quoted Deputy Interior Secretary Mahmud Aleuy as saying another 10,000 people might need to be moved from the city, which was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003.

The city, home to Chile's National Congress, was hit by a forest fire last April that killed 15 people.

Here are some images from the fire.

Smoke from a forest fire is seen in Valparaiso on Friday. Several acres of land have been burned in the fires that are threatening the city that is home to the National Congress. Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Smoke from a forest fire is seen in Valparaiso on Friday. Several acres of land have been burned in the fires that are threatening the city that is home to the National Congress.

Reuters /Landov

A cameraman films the fire on the outskirts of Valparaiso early Saturday. The blaze has threatened various neighborhoods and more than 4,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. Felipe Trueba/EPA /Landov hide caption

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A cameraman films the fire on the outskirts of Valparaiso early Saturday. The blaze has threatened various neighborhoods and more than 4,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.

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Smoke from the forest fire is seen in Valparaiso on Friday. Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Reuters /Landov

Smoke from the forest fire is seen in Valparaiso on Friday.

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Flames engulf trees on the outskirts of Valparaiso on Saturday. Felipe Trueba/EPA /Landov hide caption

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Felipe Trueba/EPA /Landov