Dozens killed in Portugal forest fire

DW – June 18, 2017

Dozens of people were killed in central Portugal on Saturday after a forest fire swept across a roadway near the area of Pedrogao Grande, 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Lisbon. Prime Minister Antonio Costa warned that the number of victims could rise.

Portugal declared three days of national mourning as the death toll climbed to 62.

“It is the greatest tragedy of human lives that we’ve witnessed in Portugal in years,” Costa said. “The priority now is to get the ongoing fire under control – after that, we must understand what happened.”

Some 700 firefighters and more than 200 fire engines are trying to control the blaze. The French government confirmed it had sent three planes to Portugal to tackle the fire.

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Portugal battles deadly forest fires

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Olivier DEVOS – August 11, 2016

Three people have died in raging forest fires on Portugal’s holiday island of Madeira where flames damaged homes and a hotel and forced around 1,000 people to flee.

Portugal urged its European partners Wednesday to help in battling multiple blazes on the island known as the “Pearl of the Atlantic”.

The three perished in their homes close to the historic centre of the capital Funchal, while a hotel overlooking the town was destroyed and other buildings were licked by flames, officials said.

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Seven percent of La Palma destroyed by wildfire

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La Palma fire, Canary Islands

DW – August 09, 2016

Spanish authorities said they have moved more than 500 more residents from the path of the five-day-old forest fire, which has affected over 4,400 hectares on the volcanic island located off the northwest coast of Africa, the Spanish news agency Efe said late Monday. A 54-year-old forestry worker died on Thursday while helping to fight the wildfire.

About 350 firefighters, supported by four planes and eight helicopters dumping water, are battling the fire but strong winds and high temperatures are making work difficult, the authorities said.

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