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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Fires as bad as they get.

While i was typing last night about fires where the smoke blacked out the sunlight. Today when i got up i found outside ash was covering everything on my veranda and by my front door. I made my cup of tea and put my computer on for the BBC news as i do most day. But i was shocked by what i saw.

Since putting my computer on at a little before 10am i have sat watching the news. Below is an extract from the BBC online news site.

A catastrophic forest fire in Portugal has claimed at least 58 lives, officials say.
Most died while trying to flee the Pedrógão Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government.
Several firefighters are among the 59 people injured.
"Unfortunately this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires," said Prime Minister Antonio Costa.
The death toll could rise further, he said.
Secretary of State for the Interior Jorge Gomes said that 30 of those who died were found inside cars, with another 17 next to the vehicles, on one road leading on to the IC8 motorway.
Another 11 died in a village next to the motorway, Mr Gomes said.

 We all look to the Fire brigade or as they are called here in Portugal the Bombeiros they are really the bravest of the brave.

This is only less than 50 miles away from me or less than 80 kilometres and i used to turn here to go to a market.

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