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Portugal awaits foreign help to fight deadly wildfires


The Associated Press
Posted: Jun 19, 2017 4:06 AM ET
Last Updated: Jun 19, 2017 4:06 AM ET

More than 1,500 firefighters in Portugal are still battling to control major wildfires in the central region of the country, where one blaze killed 62 people.

Reinforcements are due to arrive Monday, including more water-dropping planes from Spain, France and Italy as part of a European Union co-operation program.

Portugal is observing three days of national mourning after 62 people were killed in a wildfire Saturday night around the town of Pedrogao Grande, which is by far the deadliest on record. Just over 1,000 firefighters are still attending that blaze about 150 kilometres north of Lisbon.

Scorching weather, with temperatures surpassing 40 C, as well as strong winds and dry woodland after weeks with little rain are fuelling the blazes.

Fire in Portugal

Villagers look at flames during a wildfire near the village of Mega Fundeira on Sunday. (Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images)

Forest fire Portugal

A firefighter stands on top of a fire combat truck during a wildfire at Penela, Coimbra in central Portugal, on Sunday. (Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images)

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