Portugal wildfires under control, but strong winds pose risk

Firefighters trying to extinguish a wildfire at Cardigos, near Macao, Portugal, yesterday. The wildfires are now mostly under control but firefighters say strong winds still pose a risk. – EPA pic, July 22, 2019.

PORTUGESE firefighters were cautiously optimistic today that they have largely controlled a massive wildfire in a central region where dozens of people were killed in huge blazes in 2017, but warned that strong winds could cause the remaining flames to spread.

Some 1,200 firefighters backed by five water-dropping planes were deployed to fight the blazes in the heavily forested Castelo Branco region, 200km northeast of the capital Lisbon, the civil protection force said.

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