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Chile battles 3 huge forest fires; 1 killed

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Firefighters in Chile are battling three huge wildfires that have burned about 90 square miles (23,000 hectares) of forest, destroyed more than 100 homes and have driven out thousands of tourists.

The fires also have claimed their first victim: a 75-year-old man who refused warnings to leave his home.

Chile's normally rainy southern regions are suffering from a nationwide heat wave on top of a drought. In all, the country battled 48 separate fires on Sunday alone.

The fires also destroyed an Arauco company paper mill. Its Copec parent company's shares dropped nearly 4 percent in Monday trading.

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