Major Portuguese wildfire near end, officials say

LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese police said Tuesday they’re near bringing under control a significant wildfire, with merely a small number of hot spots being targeted at water-dropping aircraft.

Only over 1,000 fighters, over 330 vehicles, and two aircraft were still attending the blaze in thick woodland in central Portugal, some 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Lisbon.

Civil Protection Agency commander Luis Belo Costa said states were”very beneficial.”

He also told a news conference that about 90 percent of the fire perimeter, extending some 60 km (37 miles), is in check.

Five firefighters suffered burns from the flame’s first stages Sunday because their car was caught in the fires.

Massive wildfires break out annually in Portugal, with bad forest management blamed for recurrent outbreaks.