(Portugal wildfires) 2,000 firefighters fight six fires

World | 27 Jul 2017 6:09 pm

Officials in Portugal say they don’t expect a forecast drop in temperatures to help extinguish a spate of summer wildfires.

Civil Protection Agency spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar says continuing strong winds and tinder-dry woodland remain a menace. (Pictured, a fire raging up a mountain slope and reflected on the Tagus river outside the village of Sao Jose das Matas, near Macao, central Portugal). 

Almost 2,000 firefighters were deployed at six major blazes across Portugal today. The worst-affected areas continued to be in the central region of the country, especially a fire around Serta, about 200 kilometers northeast of Lisbon, which was burning for a fifth day.

A Canadair water-dropping plane from Morocco joined four others from Spain, and authorities were assessing where best to deploy them.

Gaspar said there were "no critical situations” requiring evacuations. She said 37 people have been slightly injured in recent days. A wildfire last month in central Portugal killed 64 people in one night.-AP

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