Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Wildfires in Central and Northern Portugal


The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon cautions U.S. citizens of a large number of ongoing wildfires in central and northern Portugal.  On October 16, the Portuguese government declared a state of public disaster (situação de calamidade pública) for all districts north of the Tejo River, in response to the hundreds of wildfires being reported.  According to the National Civil Protection Authority, various fires continue to burn in many parts of the country, including the districts of Aveiro, Braga, Castelo-Banco, Coimbra, Guarda, and Viseu.  All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to central or northern Portugal should monitor local news reports, follow directions from local officials, and take appropriate action as needed.

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