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Residents evacuated due to wildfire in Castro Marim

Several people have been evacuated from their homes this morning in the rural communities of Pego dos Negros, Amendoeira and Marroquil in Castro Marim due to a wildfire which was been raging since 1am.

“People were evacuated preventively and taken to Azinheira,” a source from Faro’s rescue operations command (CDOS) told Lusa news agency, without revealing the exact number of evacuated citizens.

Authorities were alerted to the wildfire which broke out near Pernadeira in the parish of Odeleite (Castro Marim) at 1.05am.

It is being battled by 165 firefighters aided by 54 vehicles, including eight planes and helicopters.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com