Hundreds of firefighters fight forest fires in Portugal, village evacuated
Hundreds of firefighters worked on Sunday to fight major forest fires in Central Portugal that pierced the area, forced evacuations and injured 12 civilians and eight firefighters, according to the authorities. on Saturday in Vila de Rei, Portugal. According to the Portuguese authorities, 1,000 firefighters are working to contain forest fires that have injured eight firefighters and one civilian. According to the Portuguese Civil Defense Authority, firefighters are fighting the flames that broke out on Saturday. (TVI via AP) “/>
Rescue team members try to put out the fire on Saturday in Vila de Rei, Portugal. According to the Portuguese authorities, 1
,000 firefighters are working to contain forest fires that have injured eight firefighters and one civilian. According to the Portuguese Civil Defense Authority, firefighters are fighting the flames that broke out on Saturday. (TVI via AP)
Fire-fighting aircraft, including airplanes and helicopters, were used to extinguish three fires that began on Saturday afternoon in the rural, mountainous area of Castelo Branco, located 124 miles northeast of the capital, Lisbon.
Soldiers were also deployed to fight the fire, along with hundreds of vehicles, including four bulldozers.
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Two Officers Part of the fires had been brought under control on Sunday, a village said to have been evacuated, according to the BBC.
Rescue team members attempt to extinguish forest fires in Vila de Rei, Portugal. (TVI via AP)
The fight against fire has become increasingly difficult due to the strong winds in the region and the temperatures in the Castelo Branco region, where more than 200,000 people live. Temperatures should reach 88 degrees on Sunday.
"We are ready for a difficult day," said Belo Costa, a Civil Defense official, opposite the sales outlet early Sunday.
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Health authorities say most of the reported injuries are due to inhalation of smoke, even though a person was evacuated to hospital for burns and several major roads.
Rescue team members attempt to extinguish the fire in Vila de Rei, Portugal. (TVI via AP)
This is the first major case of forest fires in Portugal this year. In 2017, 106 people were killed when the country experienced some of the deadliest fires in history, forcing Portugal to adopt better methods of control. These precautions have helped prevent forest fires from dying in 2018, despite the continued problem of the region due to the warm forest terrain, dry summer months and strong Atlantic winds.
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Interior Minister Eduardo Cabrita told the BBC that the authorities were investigating the cause of the fire and six regions had been alerted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.