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Respite for firecrews as Portugal blaze dies down
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Wildfires which have blazed along a stretch of Portugal's Algarve for a week died down on Thursday, but fears remained that winds could reignite the flames. "It's calmer and we do not have active flames any more, and that gives us some peace of mind," said Rui Andre, the mayor of Monchique close to where the fire broke out last Friday. Hundreds of firefighters have been battling to control the blaze that has menaced the popular tourist region in southern Portugal for a week as sweltering temperatures and strong winds fanned the ferocious fires. read more


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