Smoke from a forest fire is seen in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, Chile, March 13, 2015. A forest fire was raging out of control on Friday evening into Saturday, threatening the Chilean port city of Valparaiso.
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Forest fire rages in Chilean city of Valparaiso

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A forest fire in the coastal city of Valpariso, Chile has forced nearly 5,000 people to flee their homes, Reuters reported. That number could more than triple if the fire advances, according to Chilean emergency agency Onemi. 

One woman has died of cardio-respiratory issues, according to Reuters, and two firefighters have been hospitalized. No homes have been impacted so far.

Just last year another forest fire hit the Valpariso, killing 15 people and destroying more than 2,000 homes, according to Reuters. Forest fires are common in Chile this time of year, according to the report. Below are several photos of the massive blaze. 

Smoke billows from the forest around Valparaiso, in Chile, on March 13, 2015 as the fire threatens to reach the city's port. Authorities have declared a red alert in the area. (Photo by Francesco Degasperi/AFP/Getty)

Police officers standby while a forest fire burns the hills of Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, Chile, March 13, 2015. As a precaution, 4,500 people were evacuated from Valparaiso and neighboring Vina del Mar. (Photo by Lucas Galvez/Reuters)

Locals evacuate their homes during a forest fire in the hills of the port city of Valparaiso, Chile, March 14, 2015. (Photo by Pablo Sanhueza/Reuters)

Locals help firefighters working to put out a forest fire in the hills of Valparaiso, Chile, March 14, 2015. Thousands of people were evacuated from around Valparaiso on Friday as a forest fire raged out of control. (Photo by Pablo Sanhueza/Reuters)

Locals rest in a shelter during a forest fire in the hills of the port city of Valparaiso, Chile, March 14, 2015. Thousands of people were evacuated from around Valparaiso on Friday as a forest fire raged out of control. (Photo by Pablo Sanhueza/Reuters)

Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in the hills of the port city of Valparaiso, Chile, March 14, 2015. Thousands of people were evacuated from around Valparaiso on Friday as a forest fire raged out of control. (Photo by Pablo Sanhueza/Reuters)

Volunteers rescue puppies during a forest fire in the hills of the port city of Valparaiso, Chile, March 14, 2015. Thousands of people were evacuated from around Valparaiso on Friday as a forest fire raged out of control. (Photo by Pablo Sanhueza/Reuters)

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Forest fire rages in Chilean city of Valparaiso

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