Firefighters Battle Wildfires In Portugal, Spain

Firefighters battle wildfires in Portugal, Spain

LISBON, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) - Thousands of firefighters in Spain and Portugal were Wednesday battling blazes that threatened locals and tourists, as authorities hoped that the arrival of cooler weather would help tame the flames.

In Portugal, more than 2,000 firefighters backed by water-dropping aircraft were at the scene of about 50 fires on Wednesday morning, down from the 3,800 deployed at 100 fires the previous night, the country's civil protection agency said.

Carlos Guerra, an official with agency, on Wednesday said most fires were under control even if not fully extingiushed. The mercury has topped 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in recent days but the national weather office forecast maximum temperatures would drop by between 4 and 8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

Still, over a third of the country faced a "very high" or "maximum" risk of wildfires on Wednesday. Nearly 300 firefighters were fighting one of the largest fires, near the northern town of Boticas.

Local officials evacuated children and the elderly from a nearby hamlet overnight. "Two other localities are still threatened by the flames," said the mayor of Boticas, Fernando Queiroga, complaining that there were not enough firefighters available.