In southern Chile, wildfires threatened the home of 13-year-old Lucas Cespedes. As his parents fought to put out the flames, the teenager began ferrying firefighters 98 feet (30m) across the Futa River in a small yellow rowing boat, to help the put out the fire. Cespedes, whose home is only accessible by water, explains how he readily jumped into action: "There was no other person who could ferry people, so the only hope was me." As the Andean country battles wildfires that have burned through over 340,000 hectares (840,158 acres) affecting more than 5,400 people, thousands of homes, and that have claimed 24 lives, Cespedes steadfastly promises: "Now I continue helping, I continue ferrying people across, bringing the firefighters," Reuters reports.

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