1,000 firefighters, 15 aircraft battle wildfire in Portugal

in News · 15-09-2020 09:14:00 · 0 Comments

Almost 1,000 firefighters and 15 water-dropping aircraft battled a major wildfire in central Portugal, as strong winds pushed the flames through dense and hilly woodlands.

The blaze was in central Portugal around Proença-a-Nova, 200 kilometres north of Lisbon. The fire’s perimeter stretched more than 55 kilometres and about two dozen people were evacuated from hamlets as more than a dozen bulldozers cleared firebreaks in the area. The wildfire began Sunday, and five firefighters suffered burns in its initial stages as their vehicle was caught in the flames.


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