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Jul 21, 2019
8:59PM

More than 1,000 firefighters battle Portugal wildfires

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

 The rescue service said, 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 north of Lisbon.
Around 20 people were injured in the blaze, including eight firefighters and 12 civilians.

The biggest effort by 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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