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    62 dead in central Portugal fires; many died in cars as flames swept roads

    Washington Post:

    62 dead in central Portugal wildfires; many killed in cars

    AVELAR, Portugal — Raging forest fires in central Portugal killed at least 62 people, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road, in what the prime minister on Sunday called “the biggest tragedy” the country has experienced in years.

    Portugal has declared three days of national mourning for the victims in the blaze “which has caused an irreparable loss of human life,” according to a government statement.

    A lightning strike is believed to have sparked the blaze in the Pedrogao Grande area after investigators found a tree that was hit during a “dry thunderstorm,” the head of the national judicial police said.
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    An acquaintance lives there and says it was beyond a nightmare. My thoughts are with everyone in Portugal.

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    Huge forest fires in Portugal kill at least 62
    Many died in their cars as they fled from huge
    blaze amid severe heatwave on Iberian peninsula

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    What a nightmare. People jumped in their cars to escape the fire, but the fire went so fast and crossed a road, so then they were locked in. They either burned alive or died because of the smoke. Horrible dead.

    My heart goes out to all the victims and their families.

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    12 people from one village (including diabeled 95 year old) suvived by taking refuge in a water tank for six hours.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40324006

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    This is truly devastating. Prayers for all affected.


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    This is horrific I wonder why it hasn't been covered more extensively by the media? I hope everyone who died Rests In Peace. It is a horrendous way to die. Portugal is a wonderful country I have had many happy times there.
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    Just terrible. We often have fires like this in Australia, but people are warned early to get out and then, given instructions to not try to drive out when it has reached the point that fleeing is not possible.
    You make a decision early whether to get out or to stay and shelter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregjrichards View Post
    This is horrific I wonder why it hasn't been covered more extensively by the media? I hope everyone who died Rests In Peace. It is a horrendous way to die. Portugal is a wonderful country I have had many happy times there.
    It's not covered because it's not sensational in that no one did this on purpose.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gregjrichards View Post
    This is horrific I wonder why it hasn't been covered more extensively by the media? I hope everyone who died Rests In Peace. It is a horrendous way to die. Portugal is a wonderful country I have had many happy times there.
    It has been covered extensively in Australia, maybe because it so like some of our experiences. I also read that Portugal has been reforested with Eucalyptus trees. They are a big part of our problem. They are highly flammable and grow really close together., but have patchy shade which allows a lot of undergrowth which feeds fires.


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    Did any Americans die? I have a friend from California that was in Portugal visiting her mother. Not sure where though

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    Quote Originally Posted by human View Post
    Did any Americans die? I have a friend from California that was in Portugal visiting her mother. Not sure where though
    probably not. I think I learned of this here. I scour news here in the US and haven't seen it mentioned.


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