Forest fires up five-fold

Forest fires up five-fold

14 May 2015

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Portugal — Five times more forest fires have been registered so far this year in comparison to the same period of last year.

Up until 5 May the National Civil Protection Authority had taken count of 4,320 forest fires, whereas last year just 846 fires had occurred during that same time frame. According to the ANPC the majority of fires have been small due to the swift intervention of fire-fighters. Up until now, this year only two fires have spread beyond 500 hectares.

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