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Portugal's Algarve fire rages over 24 hours as 700 firefighters battle on

Staff Writer | August 5, 2018
More than 700 firefighters were on Sunday morning battling flames in Monchique municipality, in the interior of Portugal's Algarve region, which had already forced the evacuation of around 40 residents of a village, according to civil defence officials.
Algarve fire
Weather   A total of 723 men and women were on the ground in the Perna da Negra
According to the website of the National Civil Protection Authority (ANPC), a total of 723 men and women were on the ground in the Perna da Negra area Sunday morning, backed up by 193 vehicles and 10 aircraft.

Firefighters were battling two active fronts, one that remains considerably more intense and difficult to tackle, an official at the Faro district command told Lusa News Agency on Sunday morning.

The fire flared up in an area where there had already been a smaller fire on Thursday.

“This fire started in explosive fashion, at this moment it has two active fronts: in one of them the battle is going favourable, but in the other it is still very unfavourable," the official said.

The fire, he explained, is consuming an “area of brush and eucaliptus trees, with quite difficult terrain”, and firefighters are also struggling with strong winds, "which are of course complicating the operation".

At the other end of Portugal, a fire that broke out on Friday in Caravelas, in Mirandela municipality, was brought under control by late afternoon, with the aid of 122 firefighters, the Bragança district commander of relief operations told Lusa.

"The fire was deemed to be dominated by about 17:30, as the fight was already going favourably," said the commander, Noel Afonso.