Helicopter Gathers Water to Fight Algarve Wildfire

A helicopter was seen gathering water from a lake at Quinta do Lago golf course in Almancil, Portugal, on July 13 to help combat a nearby wildfire amid a heat wave.

Twitter user TonyC recorded the scene and praised the dedication of the firefighters saying: “Big shout of appreciation to the helicopter crews who have been working tirelessly all day since 7 am fighting the Algarve fires.”

The Portuguese government declared a state of alert across the country from July 11 to July 15, due to the increased risk of forest fires during the heat wave.

The Portuguese weather agency reported temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius (112 Fahrenheit) in the region on July 13. Credit: TonyC via Storyful

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