Tuesday, 20 June 2017 04:47

SOARING TEMPERATURES THREATEN EFFORTS TO CEASE A RAGING FOREST FIRE IN PORTUGAL.

Soaring temperatures threaten efforts to bring a raging forest fire in Portugal under control.

Soaring temperatures threaten efforts to bring a raging forest fire in Portugal under control, officials say.

The week's highest temperatures of around 38C (100F) are expectedtoday and together with windy conditions could reignite fires already quelled.

Civil protection officials say although 70% of the fire is under control, what remains is a source "of great concern".

At least 64 people have died in the fires since Saturday.

The latest of the victims was identified as a 40-year-old firefighter who died in hospital.

Many died inside their cars or a short distance away from them as they tried to flee. More than 130 other people have been injured.

The government has declared a state of emergency in the forested region around Pedrógão Grande, north-east of the capital, Lisbon.

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