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Dozens killed as forest fire rages in Portugal

06/19/2017
Graphic News

June 19, 2017 -- Portugal is investigating the cause of a devastating forest fire that claimed the lives of at least 62 people over the weekend as firefighters continue to battle wildfires across the country.

• The fires began on Saturday during an intense heatwave with temperatures rising about 40 degrees C (104 degrees F) in some areas.
• Police report that the fire may have been caused by lightning striking a tree.
• More than 1,600 firefighters are fighting the main fires, supported by about 400 vehicles, 18 aircraft and two army battalions.
• France has offered three firefighting planes. Spain has sent two water-bombing aircraft.


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