Firefighters battling blazes in central Portugal are worried about the hotter weather forecast, which increases the risk that old fire sites will rekindle or new fires will break out in the coming days (AFP Photo/PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA)

Lisbon (AFP) – Forest fires cut off a village of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggled Thursday to control two major blazes in the centre of the country, local officials said.

And with another wave of hot weather forecast, the government declared a state of emergency in some central and northern regions of the country.

Portugal’s Interior Minister Constanca Urbano de Sousa meanwhile blamed arsonists and human negligence for most of the summer’s fires.

Vasco Estrela, the mayor of the

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