Spain helps Portugal fight raging wildfires
Spain is sending aircraft to Portugal to help the country fight a series of raging wildfires, Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said Tuesday, DPA reported
"We are sending them planes right now," Rubalcaba said.
About 1,000 firefighters and soldiers are battling 15 wildfires mainly in northern Portugal, according to the country's civil protection authorities.
The government has the capacity to deal with the fires despite "particularly adverse conditions" such as high temperatures, Portuguese Interior Minister Rui Pereira said.
But Rui Pereira also praised Spain's willingness to help.
A blaze ravaging pine forest and bush in the southern region of Setubal was now reported under control. Plans to evacuate the Setubal tourist village of Herdade do Montalvo were cancelled after the wind changed direction.
In the northern region of Guarda, flames were devastating an area where 12,000 hectares of forest, bush and farmland had already burned down in 2009.
Most parts of Portugal were on high fire alert amid temperatures of about 40 degrees Celsius