Operation against Portuguese wildfires enters fifth day

Reports that a firefighting plane crashed in Portugal while tackling the country’s deadly forest fire have turned out to be false.

Witnesses reported an explosion soon after a plane flew over but it is thought that may have been gas supplies igniting.

The massive effort to combat the flames has now entered its fifth day, with at least 65 people now known to have died and more than 150 injured.

The fire started on Saturday about 200 kilometres northeast of Lisbon, killing many people in their cars as they tried to flee the blaze.

It is being described as Portugal’s deadliest forest fire on record.
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