Spain sends help as at least 60 die in Portugal forest fires

PORTUGAL: Forest fires leave 25 dead

SIX HUNDRED firefighters are battling a number of forest fires that have left at least 60 confirmed dead  in the central Pedrogao Grande area of Portugal.

Many of the victims were trapped in their cars as the blaze spread out of control.

About 20 people have been injured, 14 of them seriously and six firefighters are among those injured

Spain has sent two water-dropping  planes to help their neighbour control the wild fires..

Government official Jorge Gomes said 16 people died in their cars between the towns of Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera and three people died from smoke inhalation in Figueiro dos Vinhos.

Spain remains on a high level of alert for wildfires as the heat wave continues with temperatures reaching 40C.


  1. It always stunns me when the fire tragedies are finally brought to an end, at the cause of such a devastating event. If it is not deliberate then it is by stupidity, ignorance or carelessness.
    I live in the Algarve where at this time of year the bush is like tinder as it is in many places in Portugal and further. I have watched the flickering of candle light across the valley as holiday renters party into the night and one prays that before they stumble off to bed they remember to put out the candles.
    It should be a warning on all rental sites that if you are traveling to high fire risk areas to be extra vigilant in your actions or observations.
    Rental companies will argue it is up to the property owners to make this clear but it should be the responsibility of all to drive it home, because you could be the cause of something terrible, and who would want to live with that burden?


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