Members of the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile have committed to donate about $600,000 (U.S.) to fire relief efforts in the country.

The amount is based on how much a contribution of three pesos per box of exported fruit would raise using 2015-16 season numbers, according to a news release. The funds will go to Fundacion Desafio Levantemos Chile to help with the rebuilding of houses and the support of infrastructure including schools and other public services.

"Our industry saw a great need to reach out and support our fellow Chileans in the aftermath of the fires," Ronald Bown, chairman of the board at the association, said in the release. "Although much more is needed, we hope that our contribution will provide some assistance with relief efforts."

Nearly 1.5 million acres have been affected by rampant wildfires. The situation has improved; only three of 44 fires are still listed as uncontrolled.

The most severe damage related to the produce industry has been the destruction of a fruit packinghouse in Chepica, according to the release.

 
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