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Portugal to Deploy Record Number of Crews to Battle Wildfires

Large increase in personnel, vehicles, and aircraft     LISBON, Portugal (AP) — After an exceptionally dry winter and weeks of unseasonably high temperatures, Portugal is assembling a record number of firefighters and water-dropping aircraft as it braces for a ...

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Heat, Low Rainfall Put Portugal on Wildfire Alert

Over 100 died in wildfires in 2017     LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Authorities in Portugal have placed the country on high alert for wildfires amid a prolonged dry spell and unseasonably high temperatures. The government announced a civil protection ...

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Portugal Cites Success Against Wildfires

No deaths in 2018     LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s government says its measures to fight wildfires have paid off, with fewer blazes, a smaller charred area and no fatalities this year after catastrophic wildfires killed 106 people in ...

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Hundreds of Firefighters Battle Wildfire in Portugal

Wildfire near Lisbon injured 17 firefighters     By HELENA ALVES and JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press SINTRA-CASCAIS, Portugal (AP) — Over 700 firefighters battled a wildfire Sunday in a national park west of Lisbon that forced Portuguese authorities to evacuate ...

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Criminal Charges in Deadly Portugal Wildfire

Over 60 people died in the blaze     LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Prosecutors in Portugal are bringing charges of criminally negligent homicide against 12 defendants over the deaths of 66 people in a major wildfire last year. At Pedrogao ...

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Portugal, Spain Make Progress on Major Wildfires

Over 1,000 firefighters at work in Portugal     LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Authorities in Portugal and Spain said Thursday they have halted major wildfires but warned the battle isn’t over yet. Bulldozers working through the night to create firebreaks ...

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Firefighters Struggle to Battle Portuguese Wildfire

2,000 firefighters fight major wildfire     LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Emergency services in Portugal are struggling for a sixth day to contain a major wildfire blackening hills in the country’s southern Algarve region. The Civil Protection Agency said Wednesday ...

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Wildfires Torment Portugal and Spain

Over 1,000 firefighters battle blaze south of Lisbon     By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters and anxious residents braced Tuesday for a fifth straight night of battling a major wildfire that is racing across tinder-dry ...

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Portugal Remembers Victims from Deadly Year of Wildfires

Fires claimed 106 people     LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s president and prime minister have attended a Mass in a rural town to mark the anniversary of a wildfire that killed 66 people. President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and ...

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Goats to the Rescue in Portugal

Government using goats to help prevent wildfires     By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press MOITA DA GUERRA, Portugal (AP) — Unaware that time is short, more than 200 brown-and-white goats slowly munch their way through the thick undergrowth that covers ...

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