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Charlie is here

Firefighting teams in Portugal are on maximum alert during the most critical fire weather period which runs from July 1 until September 30. Known as the ‘Charlie Phase’, this period requires reinforced firefighting response. The National Authority for Civil Protection announced that a total of 9,324 men and women, supported by 1,982 firefighting vehicles and 44 aircraft, are ready to respond to any fire emergency. A total of 237 surveillance towers are in place.