1,500 Firefighters Out To Put Out Portugal Forest Fires

(MENAFN-Gulf Times)

As many as 1,5,000 firefighters were battling a series of wildfires in central and northern Portugal yesterday, prompting the government to declare a “state of emergency” following the heat wave.
The blaze, which broke out on Thursday and Saturday, has been raging in some parts of the country since Thursday, destroying at least two homes.
The fire is expected to reach 40 degrees Fahrenheit (104 degrees Fahrenheit) this week, following a high heat wave in Portugal.
Scientists say climate change is linked to worse and more frequent weather events, including heat waves and forest fires. The Portuguese government has declared a state of emergency in the wake of the latest fires. He is beyond consciousness, but below danger and danger. The Civil Protection Agency said there were about 1,500 firefighters fighting the fires in the municipalities of Ourem, Pombal and Carrazeda de Ansiaes.
In the village of Travesa de Almogadel in central Portugal, Donzilia Marcus, a retired woman, returned home last night unharmed.
“The fire reached 50 meters (165 feet) from the last house in the village … everything burned there,” the 76-year-old told AFF, pointing to the hills between the house and the town of Frecianda. The Civil Defense Agency estimates that more than 700 troops were dispatched after Sunday’s fire destroyed 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) of vegetation.
The fire injured dozens of firefighters and about 20 civilians, but most were treated for shortness of breath or fatigue.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa has canceled a trip to Mozambique to monitor the fire. The government has called on the European Union to launch a joint civil defense operation that would allow Portugal to access two water jets in Spain. “We are facing an unprecedented situation in terms of meteorology,” said Andre Fernandez, national commander of the National Guard, on Saturday.

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