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Mountain troops

Army soldiers have cleared an area of ​​about 3km around Casais in Monchique.

The operation saw 168 soldiers and 23 paratroopers from Tavira exchange their weapons for sickles, rakes and shovels to clear the dense bush in the area, with the objective of minimising the risk of forest fires.

Colonel Pereira da Silva said: “With this operation we are responding to a request made by Monchique Mayor and Faro Civil Governor for the clearing of the area before the summer comes in order to lessen the risk of fire.