2017 Portugal wildfires

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NASA satellite image of the fires and associated smoke plumes across Portugal on 18 June 2017

A series of wildfires erupted across central Portugal during the night of 17–18 June 2017, resulting in at least 65 deaths and at least 254 injured people.[1]

The majority of deaths took place in Pedrógão Grande when a fire swept across a road filled with evacuees. Portuguese officials dispatched more than 1,700 firefighters nationwide to combat the blazes and Prime Minister António Costa declared three days of national mourning.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Portugal wildfire: 65 killed, victims burned in cars as they fled". 17 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.

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