- Title: Forest fires threaten villages in Macao, central Portugal
- Date: 26th July 2017
- Summary: MACAO, PORTUGAL (JULY 26, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF AIRCRAFT FLYING TOWARDS THICK SMOKE VARIOUS OF FIRE BURNING IN TREES MAN STANDING NEAR BUILDINGS, SMOKE RISING IN DISTANCE THICK BLACK SMOKE AND FIRE RISING BEHIND TREES AIRCRAFT FLYING AND DOUSING FIRE PERSON WATCHING AS THICK SMOKE RISES FROM BEHIND TREES VARIOUS OF THICK SMOKE RISING FROM BEHIND TREES EMERGENCY VEHICLE DRIVING ON ROAD VARIOUS OF SPANISH FIRE ENGINES, SENT TO HELP, PARKED ON ROUNDABOUT VARIOUS OF SPANISH FIRE ENGINES IN STREET HOUSES WITH SMOKE RISING BEHIND HELICOPTER FLYING OVER FIRE RELEASING WATER FIRE ENGINES DRIVING IN STREET PEOPLE STANDING WATCHING AS THICK BLACK SMOKE RISES
- Embargoed: 9th August 2017 20:08
- Keywords: Portugal forest fires firefighters working wildfires Macao fire
- Location: MACAO, PORTUGAL
- City: MACAO, PORTUGAL
- Country: Portugal
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Fires
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RCVMMF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Firefighters were battling multiple fire fronts in central Portugal on Wednesday (July 26) as local authorities in the municipality of Macao said villages were at risk from an uncontained blaze.
Spanish fire engines were sent to help fight the fire and about 1,500 firefighters were deployed to extinguish two forest fires in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem, which have forced authorities to evacuate 10 villages so far, Portuguese media reported on Tuesday (July 25).
So far this year, forest fires have burned 75,264 hectares, an area which surpasses any amount over the same period in the last decade, the National Civil Protection Authority (ANPC) said on Tuesday.
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