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Portugal on alert once again over wildfires

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Wildfires have broken out once again in Portugal. Northern and central parts of the country are most affected.

A combination of high temperatures and strong winds have been blamed for the blazes.

700 firefighters supported by five French and Croatian aircraft have been mobilised to battle the flames.

One resident from the city of Gondomar, which has been affected by the wildfires, explained that he “has been hosing the houses down with water but the direction of the wind has changed.” He added that “the dry trees are exploding…one near the house exploded” and he “only just had time to escape….the heat is awful.”

Over 300 new wildfires have broken out in Portugal since Saturday, according to officials.

Higher temperatures and strong winds have been predicted for the coming days by meteorologists.