Planes, Helicopters Join 1,700 Firefighters Combat Portugal Wildfires
PORTUGAL – Several planes and helicopters join the 1,700 firefighters battling the wildfires in Portugal.
A wildfire also commonly referred to as grassfire, forest fire or bush fire. There are time that people won’t be able to notice the catastrophe right away.
The fires that spread quickly and can damage are often caused by lightning or by humans.
Based on a report from Yahoo, there was a wildfire that occurred in Portugal on Sunday, July 21.
Helicopters and planes helped nearly 2,000 firefighters to put out the huge wildfires that hit the mountainous regions of the land.
400 vehicles and 1,700 firefighters were deployed on there to fight the blazing fire in Castelo Branco region. Residents were immediately asked the leave their homes and cleat the road.
The Interior Minister Eduardo Cabrita said 12 civilians and 8 firefighters got injured in the deadly fire. Only one got the most severe burns while most of them suffered from smoke inhalation.
In the municipality of Vila de Rei, 800 firefighters, 13 planes and helicopters and 245 vehicles collaborated to douse the flames.
According to the report, the authorities said they arrested a 55-year-old man who was suspected of starting the fire.
“The cause of the fires is being investigated… there’s something strange. How is it that five such large fires broke out in areas that are so close to each other?” Cabrita said.
Based on the report, Portugal lost 106 people in the wildfire last 2017. The firefighters and the authorities are obviously making sure that the incident won’t happen again.
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