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What is happening to Portugal, the fires in Northern Portugal and Maderia?
According to the Sun it looks like Spain will be in trouble too!
Burning old growth is a traditional way of promoting new growth. It happens really quickly.
In places that are normally cooler it might be. I think California has always had them.
Some of the fires in recent years have been started by arsonists, particularly in Portugal, even our forests will burn if we deliberately set fire to them.
There is a massive forest fire raging again in Portugal, around Pedrógão Grande, north-east of Lisbon.
Villages are being destroyed in the path of the fire.
64 people have died so far, 47 of them in or by their cars on a main road through the forest.
1000 firefighters, one has died.
Still going, 204 injured and 64 dead.
This is a clip from Euronews.
Nightmare stories are emerging among people who managed to escape.
One of those who survived the so-called “road of death” was Mario Pinhal.
But he is mourning the loss of his wife, 40, and two daughters, aged 12 and 15. They died on the N236 in the village of Varzeas.
Mario told reporters how he fled the fires in one vehicle with his parents and Godmother, who also survived. His wife and daughters were in another car.
Through tears, Mario said leaving home was a great mistake.
“I helped my Godmother to get out of the car. I never let her go because otherwise she would have fallen.
“Maybe at that moment, I could have gone to look for my wife and daughters in some of the cars there.
“The only thing I regret was to have left home. Regardless of the efforts and goodwill of people, all I want is to have my wife and daughters back.”
Mario’s mother said: “Four of us survived on that road. We should have died. Nobody would miss us. But the girls died. How can I explain this?”
The funeral of the fireman Gonçalo Correia was held today.
It's quite possible that he was a voluntary firefighter, they make up a large part of Portugal's fire service.
I sincerely hope this awful tragedy comes to an end soon. I cannot imagine how frightening it must be.
As Voltman says most of the firefighters could well be volunteers like they are in the Algarve, so his logic that they could also be so in the North is very feasible. What commitment!
I recall many years ago in the apartment I used to stay in when I visited the Algarve, they added a euro to everyone's bill which went to the Firefighters - which I never objected to paying.
May those who have lost their lives rest in peace and those in hospital recover as quickly as possible!