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Villagers, firefighters battle huge blazes in Portugal

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Villagers, firefighters battle huge blazes in Portugal

Villagers, firefighters battle huge blazes in Portugal

More than 1,000 firefighters battled three blazes sweeping across central Portugal early on Sunday (July 21), prompting authorities to partially evacuate a village and leaving one person with severe injuries.

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Strong winds are making it tougher for firefighters to put out the blazes, which started on Saturday (July 20) afternoon in Castelo Branco, a district 225 kilometres (139 miles) northeast of the capital Lisbon.

Authorities have evacuated villages and fluvial beaches as a precaution and 30 people have been injured.

One civilian is in serious condition and remains hospitalised with first and second-degree burns.

Seven firefighters were also injured.

Authorities said they hope to bring the wildfires under control by 6 or 7 a.m local time.

In June 2017, a devastating wildfire in the central town of Pedrogao Grande killed 64 people and injured more than 250.

The fire was the worst disaster in modern Portuguese history.




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