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Fire raging in natural park in Portugal brought under control

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Portugal’s civil protection agency on Saturday said it had brought a wildfire which has ravaged 17,000 hectares under control in the UNESCO-designated Serra da Estrela natural park.

The fire had been raging in the park for a week and was contained overnight, civil protection agency official Miguel Criz told TSF radio.

“There is still a lot of work left” to prevent new fires, he said, adding that strong winds on Saturday were a cause of concern for firefighters.

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Interior Minister Jose Luis Carneiro on Friday termed the fire an “environmental tragedy.”

Portugal recorded its hottest July in nearly a century and wildfires this year have ravaged some 79,000 hectares (195,000 acres).

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