LAST UPDATE: 13.12
Portuguese firefighters today managed to bring under control two forest fires that have raged for several days in the central part of the country, while a state of emergency has been declared due to the risk of fires breaking out due to high temperatures.
The most important front, which erupted on Thursday in the community of Urem where about 600 firefighters are working, was brought under control this morning having destroyed almost 30,000 hectares of vegetation, an official of the national civil protection service told AFP. The flames destroyed two houses and several agricultural structures, leaving eight people with minor injuries.
The fire that started on Friday in the neighboring community of Pombal was also brought under control this morning, while more than 300 firefighters remained at the scene to prevent it from rekindling, the official said.
At the moment no other large front is recorded on the website of the civil protection service. However, this respite may be short-lived as Portugal has been hit by high temperatures since Thursday which may worsen in the coming days.
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