Portugal's firefighters gain upper hand in forest blazes

phys.org | 7/22/2019 | Staff
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Hundreds of Portuguese firefighters aided by overnight rain gained the upper hand against massive wildfires raging in a central region for four days and said they hoped to bring them under control on Tuesday.

The blazes have ripped through the heavily forested Castelo Branco region, 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of Lisbon, scorching large areas and leaving a trail of blackened destruction.

Effort - Job - Morning - Commander - Luis

"It has been a constant effort. Let's see if we can finish the job this morning," commander Luis Belo Costa of Portugal's civil protection agency told a news conference.

"The work carried out throughout the night has born its fruits," he said, adding that firefighters had managed to stop the advance of the flames in hard-to-reach areas.

Hectares - Acres - EU - Forest - Fire

At least 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) have so far been scorched, according to the EU's European Forest Fire Information System.

Light rains overnight raised air humidity levels, aiding the battle against the blazes.

Costa - Winds - Afternoon

But Costa warned winds were expected to pick up in the afternoon and...
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