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1,300 firefighters battle Portugal wildfires

AFP, Amendoa

Planes and helicopters joined more than a thousand firefighters in central Portugal yesterday to battle huge wildfires in a mountainous region where over 100 people died in huge blazes in 2017.

By 12:30 pm (1130 GMT), one of the biggest mobilisations ever seen in the area—including 1,300 firefighters and 400 vehicles—had been deployed to fight the blazes in the heavily forested Castelo Branco region, 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of Lisbon, the rescue services said.

Around 20 people were injured in the blaze, including eight firefighters and 12 civilians, according to interior ministry figures.

One badly burned civilian was evacuated by helicopter to Lisbon.

The biggest effort -- 800 firefighters, 245 vehicles and 13 planes and helicopters—battled to douse flames in the municipality of Vila de Rei, which had spread nearly 25 kilometres.

 

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