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Fighting wildfires in Portugal and Spain

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Fighting wildfires in Portugal and Spain

<p>Firefighters continue to battle wildfires on the Iberian peninsula as international aircraft come to their assistance. </p> <h3>Portugal</h3> <p>In the first nine days of August, the blazes burned through 62,000 acres across Portugal. </p> <p>Four people have lost their lives. On the island of Madeira 200 homes were destroyed and hundreds were evacuated.</p> <p>A the fires come amid a heatwave and were fanned by strong winds.</p> <p><strong>International Assistance</strong></p> <p>Joining the fight against the fire, two Russian Beriev Be-200 Altair planes are scheduled to begin operations.</p> <p>In just a few seconds the aircraft can collect up to 12.5 tonnes of water to be dropped on the flames.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">PORTUGAL</span> – Firefighters watch the progression of wildfire at Calheta in Madeira island. By Patricia De Melo Moreira <a href="https://t.co/9aDspapzvN">pic.twitter.com/9aDspapzvN</a></p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> Photo Department (@AFPphoto) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFPphoto/status/764385796589772801">August 13, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Spain</h3> <p>In Spain, the northwestern region of Galicia the situation has improved since a series of wildfires burned throughout the week.</p> <p>Porto do Son remained on high alert due to the fire’s proximity to populated areas. </p> <p>Two large fires were stabilised in Laza and Avión, while ten others are now under control.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/BrifTineo"><code>BrifTineo</a> en <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/porto?src=hash">#porto</a> do son <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Galicia?src=hash">#Galicia</a> <a href="https://t.co/jhrywXYzaw">pic.twitter.com/jhrywXYzaw</a></p>&mdash; Brif Tineo (</code>BrifTineo) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrifTineo/status/763837387503992832">August 11, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>