Wildfires forces Lisbon evacuations


More than 350 people have been evacuated from a national park west of Lisbon, Portugal, amid severe wildfires.

More than 700 firefighters battled huge flames, which threatened to decimate densely wooded hills about 40 kilometres west of the Portuguese capital.

“The first hours of the fire were very, very difficult,” said Portugal civil protection agency’s Andre Fernandes.

Wildfires are relatively frequent in Portugal. They killed 106 people last year.

The country’s government have instituted a series of preventive measures to reduce fire deaths, like allowing goats to eat flammable undergrowth alongside important roads.