MADRID, Aug. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- Spain and Portugal remained on alert Wednesday as
16 forest fires continued raging on the Iberian Peninsula.
The Meteorology Institute of Portugal warned of the "maximum" risk of new
forest fires in six of the nation's 18 administrative districts while seven
other districts, including the capital Lisbon, are facing a "very high" risk,
the second-highest alert level.
In the region of Galicia, northwest Spain, a state of maximum alert was in
force due to the reappearance of the worst forest fire, which is under control
in the O Pindo mountains, in Carnota municipality.
Spanish authorities have evacuated some 2,800 people while the number of
evacuees in Portugal is not immediately known. But in the early hours of
Wednesday, roaring fires had already forced theevacuation of about 60 people
from the forests in the suburbs of the city of Coimbra in central Portugal.
A total of 17 Spaniards died in the fires on the Iberian Peninsula, while
16 people were killed in Portugal, including 11 firefighters who tried to put
out the fires.
Fires are still raging in 16 places throughout the Iberian Peninsula, including Sao Furtuoso, Viseo, Cerquido and Vingada inPortugal, and Lausame, Orense, A Caliza and Leon in Spain. Enditem