The Portuguese government has decided to enact a “state of contingency” due to wildfires spreading over the country’s central and northern regions.
A heat wave, in a report by the Mirror, was said to have played a factor in starting the flames, and currently, some 2,800 firefighters were addressing it.
As a result of the wildfires, at least 29 people—both firefighters and civilians—have received medical attention for respiratory issues and tiredness.
The wildfires, which started on Thursday, have already burned two homes.
In the past week, temperatures during the heat wave have exceeded 40 degrees Centigrade (104 degrees Fahrenheit), and they were predicted to continue to rise in the days to come.
Rescue personnel were put on alert during a “state of contingency,” which is distinct from a “state of catastrophe” or “state of emergency.”
In a tweet, Antonio Costa, the prime minister of Portugal, canceled a trip to Mozambique that he had planned to observe the wildfires.
Additionally, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the president of Portugal, postponed a trip to New York where he was scheduled to address the UN Economic Council.
Costa urged everyone to practice caution outside and observe fire safety at all times.
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