In The New York Times em 23.08.05 *
« European Aircraft Help Battle Portugal Forest Fires
FOZ DO CANEIRO, Portugal (Reuters) - Water-dumping aircraft from around Europe battled on Tuesday to help drought-hit Portugal contain raging forest fires that have killed at least 14 people.
France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands have sent helicopters or planes to help douse the flames since the Portuguese government called for assistance from the European Union at the weekend, the national fire service said.
About 2,300 firefighters fought a dozen blazes in central and northern Portugal in one of the worst forest fire seasons in decades, the fire service said.
The worst blaze was near the ancient university city of Coimbra, about 180 km (110 miles) north of Lisbon, where hundreds of firefighters were in action. Fires broke out in the city on Monday, burning cars and much of a city forest (...) ».
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