A major fire that broke out yesterday afternoon in São Marcos da Serra (Silves) was brought under control at around 10.20pm last night.
One fireman was injured in the firefighting efforts, having suffered first-degree burns, said a source from the regional emergency operations command (CDOS).
Seven citizens were evacuated from Corte Mourão as a “precaution” while the population of Águas Velhas was told to remain in their homes as a safety measure.
This morning, the fire is in the ‘resolution’ phase: it is under control, but around 225 firefighters remain on site to monitor hot spots and prevent flare ups.
So far, there has been no mention of the cause of the fire, which consumed scrubland and vast areas of cork oak and eucalyptus trees.
The blaze started near Monte Ruivo, a small town near the IC1 road, at around 3pm and raged with great intensity during the afternoon. At one point, it had three active fronts.
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Photos: Sérgio Anastácio