Rail traffic restored on the Algarve line

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Rail traffic on the South Line, interrupted due to a fire in São Marcos da Serra, in the municipality of Silves, Faro district, was restored at 7:17 pm, a source from Civil Protection told the Lusa agency.

The fire that broke out at 15:40 in Barranco das Veredas forced the cut, at 17:00, of the railway line that connects Lisbon to the Algarve and the National Road (EN) 267, which connects São Marcos da Serra to the municipality of Monchique.

According to a source from the Algarve Regional Emergency and Civil Protection Command, rail traffic has been restored, but the EN267 “remains cut off to car traffic”.

The same source said that the fire “remains active, but yielding to the means of combat”.

According to the data available on the portal of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority, at 19:45 the flames were being fought by 249 operatives, supported by 78 vehicles and five aerial means.

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