Several wildfires surged over Portugal’s central area on Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of residents as firefighters tried to extinguish flames under the country’s hot summer.

A huge wildfire that began last week in the Ourém municipality, north of Lisbon, was restarted on Tuesday owing to high winds, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in numerous sections.

According to the Civil Protection organization, 300 individuals were evacuated from several settlements. Some buildings burnt down in the neighbouring municipality of Leiria, prompting the closure of three major roadways.

Many residents have complained that there were not enough firemen or resources to tackle the flames.

“We are talking about complex situations, a lot of resources to manage and a very large affected area,” Civil Protection commander Andre Fernandes said, warning that the situation will only worsen in the coming days.

According to the Civil Protection, around 1,700 firemen supported by 501 vehicles were battling 14 active fires throughout the nation. More than half of the nation is on the highest level of alert, “red alert”

A fire in Las Hurdes, Extremadura, western Spain, has damaged at least 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres), requiring the evacuation of 400 people, according to the regional administration on Tuesday.

Authorities warned of a significant danger of flames in the central area of Castille and Leon.

Temperatures were anticipated to hit 42 degrees Celsius in the northeastern province of Ourense.

Source: Reuters


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