Forest / Wild Fire in Portugal on September 07 2016 06:21 PM (UTC).
The town of Arcos de Valdevez, northern Portugal, some 35 kilometers from the border with Galicia, Spain, has been evacuated on Tuesday due to an out of control wildfire approaching. According to the local Fire Volunteers commander, Filipe Guimaraes, two people suffered minor burns and one person was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation symptoms. According to the National Authority for Civil Protection, the fire broke out in the morning and at midnight still maintains an active front. Some 66 firefighters, with the help of 28 fire trucks and a helicopter, are trying to bring the fire under control. The fire is situated near the Peneda-Geres National Park, a protected area where in this summer more than 8,500 hectares have already been burned by fires. There are six other large forest fires that still remain active in the northern half of Portugal, with more than 900 firefighters and emergency personnel engaged in controlling. The Portuguese Institute for Ocean and Atmosphere said on Tuesday that there are nine other districts in the country which are at greatest risk for wildfires due to the prevailing high temperatures and strong winds.