Wildfires devastate 7,000 hectares over weekend in central Portugal

By Gamal Khattab August 09, 2023 148

Last weekend, a devastating wildfire tore through central Portugal, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The local authorities estimate that a staggering 7,000 hectares (17,297 acres) of land have been destroyed.
Origin of the Blaze
The fire originated in the town of Castelo Branco, located in the central part of the country. It started last Friday and quickly spread, causing widespread panic and concern.
Affected Area
The flames have ravaged an area equivalent to 7,000 hectares (17,297 acres) over the course of the weekend. This estimation comes from the concerned authorities who have been closely monitoring the situation.
High Alert
The entire country is on high alert due to the ongoing fires. However, the brave firefighters have been mobilized and are prepared to intervene at a moment's notice.
Firefighters to the Rescue
On Monday, over a thousand firefighters were deployed to combat the blazes in the towns of Ourem (centre) and Odemira (south). The National Civil Protection Authority made this announcement, assuring the public that efforts are being made to control the situation.