Portugal close to containing wildfire that killed 64 people

Portugal close to containing wildfire that killed 64 people

Portugal is close to containing the wildfire that killed 64 people last weekend, authorities said.

A minute's silence was held in memory of the victims where members of government and politicians stood in silence outside the parliament building in Lisbon.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and members of the emergency services gathered near Pedrogao Grande, about 150km north of Lisbon, where the blaze broke out on Saturday.

Portugal had already observed three days of national mourning after the country's deadliest natural disaster in decades.

With the Pedrogao Grande wildfire almost out, firefighters were carrying out operations to prevent the fire from reigniting, Civil Protection Agency spokesman Vitor Vaz Pinto said.

More than 1,200 firefighters were still on duty at the blaze.

Cooler temperatures and weaker winds also helped firefighters make progress against a nearby wildfire in Gois.

About 1,100 firefighters supported by 21 water-dropping aircraft are battling the flames, which officials say are expected to be extinguished by the end of the day.

AP

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