“80 percent of the forest is eucalyptus and I bet if there were not so many eucalyptus trees it wouldn’t be so bad like this, said one local resident. “Portugal has to wake up and not give in to economic interests.”
In neighboring Spain emergency services were engaged on Wednesday in tackling a major wildfire in the forest of Lutxent around 80km south of Valencia. The blaze has already forced the evacuation of around 2500 people and the authorities say the situation remains complicated.
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