Fire­fight­ers still tack­ling for­est blaze in Portugal

The Scotsman - - World News - By BARRY HAT­TON

More than 2,000 fire­fight­ers yes­ter­day con­tin­ued to bat­tle ma­jor wild­fires in the cen­tral re­gion of Portugal where one blaze killed 62 peo­ple over the week­end.

Au­thor­i­ties have come un­der mount­ing crit­i­cism for not do­ing more to pre­vent the tragedy.

Re­in­force­ments, in­clud­ing more wa­ter-drop­ping planes from Spain, France and Italy, were due to ar­rive as part of a Euro­pean Union co­op­er­a­tion pro­gram, of­fi­cials said.

Civil Pro­tec­tion Agency com­man­der Eli­sio Oliveira said cooler night-time tem­per­a­tures helped fire­fight­ers bring some blazes un­der con­trol.

How­ever, some of the wild­fires are still rac­ing through in­ac­ces­si­ble parts of hill ranges about 90 miles north­east of Lis­bon.

PIC­TURE: PAULO DUARTE/AP

0 A res­i­dent poses for a photo in the wake of the for­est fires in Casal de Alge, out­side the vil­lage of Figueiro dos Vin­hos in cen­tral Portugal

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