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Dozens killed in wildfire outbreak


At least 34 people have been killed in wildfires in Portugal and Spain, AccuWeather says.

Portugal’s National Civil Protection Agency confirmed the number of deaths had reached 31 yesterday.

That number could rise as more than 6,000 firefighters continue to fight 145 active fires in central and northern Portugal. At least eight other people remain missing across areas impacted by the wildfires.

A state of emergency has been declared across Portugal for all areas north of the Tagus River.

Farther north, three deaths have been reported in the Galicia region of northwest Spain following several new wildfires over the weekend.

The combination of months of dry weather and gusty winds related to former Hurricane Ophelia resulted in dangerous fire conditions.

Rainfall is expected to help with the wildfire issue this week. However, this rainfall could heighten the risk for mudslides in the recent burn areas.
 
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