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Portugal: Fire warnings in south June 26

Authorities warn of high fire risk in extreme south June 26

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/26/2017, 12:00 AM until 6/26/2017, 11:59 PM (Portugal). COUNTRY/REGION Portugal

Event

As of Monday, June 26, maximum fire alerts remain in effect in the extreme south. The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) issued warnings for the Faro district's Castro Marim, Tavira, and São Bras de Alportel. Parts of central and southern Portugal are currently under lesser fire alerts, while most coastal areas and the north are not under any fire warnings.

A map of the affected areas can be found at the IPMA website. The authorities have advised residents in affected areas to keep their radios on and to follow all instructions, e.g. potential evacuation orders.

Context

While forest fires are common every summer in Portugal, this month's fires have been the deadliest in Portugal's history, resulting in at least 64 fatalities and approximately 30,000 hectares of land burned in central Portugal between June 17 and 22.

Advice

Individuals in Portugal are advised to monitor developments to the situation and to adhere to any advice or instructions issued by local authorities.

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