"We have a very difficult day ahead," warned the Portuguese authorities of Civil Protection, who warned about the risk that the heat and wind complicate the task of extinguishing the fires that punish the center of the country.
The threat mainly affects the districts of Castelo Branco and Santarém, where temperatures close to 40 degrees, winds and low humidity are expected.
Despite the warning, the fire is controlled by 90% on the front of Vila de Rei, the most important of those declared this weekend in Portugal, as announced today by Pedro Nunes, Civil Protection operations commander.
The flames exceeded a perimeter of 50 kilometers and about 800 troops participated in the work of extinguishing the fire, which spread to Mação and razed more than 3,000 hectares.
The one of Vila de Rei is only one of the five fires that were declared Saturday in the district of Castelo Branco, with other four fires in the neighboring Sertã that were controlled throughout yesterday and of the last dawn.
The flames in Vila de Rei, Mação and Sertã led to the eviction of several villages and 30 people had to be served by the medical services, of which only one of them is serious, a civilian who was transferred to the burned unit of a Lisbon hospital.
Portuguese police are investigating the causes of the fires and have arrested a 55-year-old man suspected of starting a fire near the city of Castelo Branco.
Help to control the fire is also coming from outside its borders, since the European Union is producing satellite maps of the fires through the Copernicus program, according to the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides. .
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