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More than 100 fast-spreading wildfires rage in Chile

  • A man drives past a wildfire blaze in the Florida community of Concepcion, Chile, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Fires have been raging in central and southern Chile, fanned by strong winds, hot temperatures and a prolonged drought. Emergency services have battled the flames non-stop for days with thousands of firefighters on the ground and helicopters and small airplanes in the air. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    A man drives past a wildfire blaze in the Florida community of Concepcion, Chile, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Fires have been raging in central and southern Chile, fanned by strong winds, hot temperatures and a prolonged drought. Emergency services have battled the flames non-stop for days with thousands of firefighters on the ground and helicopters and small airplanes in the air. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

  • Resident Javier Pazos takes a break from digging trenches in a effort to stop the advancement of a wildfire in the Florida community of Concepcion, Chile, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Residents of some communities have been battling the fires themselves, without any protective gear and often using just branches or bottles of water in a frantic effort to save their homes, pasture and livestock. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Resident Javier Pazos takes a break from digging trenches in a effort to stop the advancement of a wildfire in the Florida community of Concepcion, Chile, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Residents of some communities have been battling the fires themselves, without any protective gear and often using just branches or bottles of water in a frantic effort to save their homes, pasture and livestock. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

  • Firefighters battle a wildfire in the Florida community of Concepcion, Chile, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Fires have been raging in central and southern Chile, fanned by strong winds, hot temperatures and a prolonged drought. Emergency services have battled the flames non-stop for days with thousands of firefighters on the ground and helicopters and small airplanes in the air. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Firefighters battle a wildfire in the Florida community of Concepcion, Chile, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Fires have been raging in central and southern Chile, fanned by strong winds, hot temperatures and a prolonged drought. Emergency services have battled the flames non-stop for days with thousands of firefighters on the ground and helicopters and small airplanes in the air. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

Flames from more than 100 raging wildfires in Chile continue to spread quickly from the mountains to the Pacific Ocean, destroying forests, livestock and whole towns in a destructive path that is now dangerously close to the coastal city of Concepcion.

Authorities say they found a body Friday, raising the overall death toll to 11. About 118 fires remain active and 53 of those are contained.

Officials are hopeful that light rains and lower temperatures Friday will provide some relief. But the flames have picked up near two residential condominiums in the city of Concepcion, about 310 miles (500 kilometers) from the Chilean capital.

President Michelle Bachelet has called the wildfires the worst forest disaster in Chile's history.