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Wildfires rage in southern Europe

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Wildfires rage in southern Europe


Wildfires in central Portugal continued to burn out of control on Wednesday. The most serious blaze was near Coimbra where around 500 firefighters were working to put it out.

One man has been killed. He was a power company employee who was repairing damage caused by the fires.

A motorway near Lisbon had to be closed to traffic in both directions as flames came dangerously close to the road.

The main Portuguese meteorological office has said that more than 30 districts in central and northern parts of the country are at maximum risk of fire.

In neighbouring Spain, firefighters have been battling a blaze in the north-east of the island of Mallorca. Nearly 200 people had to be evacuated overnight in the area.

The flames were so strong that they could be seen from the island of Menorca, more than 30 kilometres away.

Local authorities have said that 75 percent of the fire is under control.

It was first reported late on Tuesday evening near the towns of Arta and Capdeperas and has destroyed at least 450 hectares of forest and scrubland.

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