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Biggest Tragedy in Years Portugal Forest Fires

World  (tags: Portugal, fire, Interior Ministry Jorge Gomes, dead in cars )

- 310 days ago -
A major forest fire sweeping through central Portugal has led to at least 62 fatalities with 59 more people injured Interior Ministry official Jorge Gomes said adding that many were burnt to death in their cars while making a desperate attempt to flee.

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Sue H (7)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 11:03 am
Heartbreaking. Prayers Up.

JL A (281)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 11:09 am
The days of mourning declaration is a leader's response to such tragedy. I wonder whether they are familiar with all of our wildfire fight methods (e.g., aerial tankers). If not, a leader in this country should have been offering them this kind of support and assistance publicly by now. Thanks for the update Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 11:26 am
Shared news article over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Winn A (179)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 12:01 pm
:-( So sad for all . . . .

Sabrina D (10)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 12:37 pm
It seems that it can happen again or in other countries also because of the global warming...
It's appalling.

Animae C (514)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 1:25 pm
"...18 people were “burned to death in their cars,” while several others died from smoke inhalation.
Six firefighters have been injured, 18 of the 59 injured are being treated in hospitals in Lisbon, Coimbra, and Porto..."

Horrific drone footage of the aftermath;

Animae C (514)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 1:26 pm
i saw helicopters dumping water on the fire in this vid JL;

Animae C (514)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 1:35 pm
i shudder to think about how many animals also suffered.....

JL A (281)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 3:41 pm
Thanks Animae--good to know they had helicopter fighting capacity.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 3:45 pm
It's not everyday you hear of forest fires scorching those people fleeing the fire in their cars. So horrible. It's still not under control unfortunately. Many-hundreds have lost their homes/everything. Really sad.

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 5:24 pm
I saw a video that said Spain sent in some helicopters. Not sure if that was in addition to. But I assume Portugal also had some helicopters to fight the fires.

Dawnie W (250)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 11:37 pm
💙💜Noted... Very tragic.💙💜Thank you...Dandelion.💙💜

😉💜ღ 💙Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ😺💜L💙ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all💜😺Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💛ღ💙😉

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday June 19, 2017, 2:15 am
Spain have sent two planes and France on plane,Portugal have helicopters but they are no good at night,more than 900 firefighters on the ground.Worst forestfire in Portugal's history and it's not over yet.Not arson but caused by dry thunder and lightning.

Evelyn B (62)
Monday June 19, 2017, 11:59 am
Yes, Spain sent a couple of Canadairs, & France sent one, expects to send another, probably.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Monday June 19, 2017, 12:57 pm
Noted, Thanks

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Monday June 19, 2017, 2:08 pm
Noted, Thank you

Freya H (357)
Monday June 19, 2017, 2:19 pm
Horrifying and sickening! My heart goes out to the friends and loved ones of those who perished. Burning or suffocating to death in a car is no way to go. Sadly, nightmares like this are going to become more common with global warming. Say it with me: GLOBAL WARMING. Not climate change - GLOBAL WARMING. No more of this politically correct sissy language. It's GLOBAL WARMING. And it is both natural and human-made.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday June 19, 2017, 2:40 pm
I totally agree with you Freya,we can blame this on GLOBAL WARMING.
Sadly the political blame game have already started,how,when and what and who's responsible.
I believe politicians should bow their head in shame and all should take the responsibility for this misguided policy.They should all pay respect to the 64 who died and more than 135 injured and look for solutions that will prevent such a catastrophe.

Anne K (139)
Monday June 19, 2017, 5:02 pm
Thanks, Dandelion.

Colleen L (3)
Monday June 19, 2017, 5:11 pm
Heartbreaking indeed. Seen it on the nightly news last night. My thoughts and prayers have been going their way. Thanks Dandelion

Janet B (0)
Monday June 19, 2017, 5:58 pm

Raleighaway koritz (371)
Monday June 19, 2017, 9:23 pm
noted shared - horrible and so very sad tragedy. ty

Marija M (32)
Tuesday June 20, 2017, 10:31 am
very tragic, tks for sharing.

Janet B (0)
Tuesday June 20, 2017, 1:11 pm

Joette B (0)
Tuesday June 20, 2017, 10:28 pm
this is a major heartbreak destruction can be nothing less and trumphitlercaligula dude seeks the destruction of our country what a mess

Anne Haarhoff (52)
Tuesday June 20, 2017, 10:50 pm
Noted. Horrible. We have just lived through the same in the Garden Route in southern Africa, and here it is dry dry dry; running out of water in regions traditionally considered cold and wet.

Angelica C (56)
Tuesday June 20, 2017, 11:05 pm
Noted, thank you for sharing Dandelion.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 1:07 pm
I see from the comments that Portugal has less resources than larger countries and the conditions were dry along with lighting. It's so sad. I wish the world was a better place than it is.

Janet B (0)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 1:51 pm

Donna G (42)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 4:15 pm
I've been reading about the wildfires in Portugal. I do understand, though. We are entering our wildfire season up here in Washington state. So far, I have not heard about any local fires, though. July and August are typically our hottest and driest months. Those wildfires can spread so fast when it is hot, dry, and windy. The courthouse has a memorial of sorts to honor the wildfire fighters who were killed in 2001 in a fire which was nicknamed the Thirty Mile Fire. Those firefighters were Crew Chief Thomas Craven age 30, Firefighter Karen Fitzpatrick age 18, Firefighter Jessica Johnson age 19, and Devin Weaver age 21.

There are ways to fight wildfires besides hoping for Nature to cooperate.

Margaret S (53)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 4:56 pm
That's a horrendous price to pay for hot dry summers. Those of us in more temperate countries shouldn't complain about rain. Prayers for all the victims & their families.

Joy M (169)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 6:36 pm
So heartbreaking, praying for all, so sad.. Noted.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 7:13 pm
Thank you Donna for remembering the brave people that place themselves in the line of harm to save the rest of us. All young men, with most of their life ahead of them, cut short it was.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 11:10 pm
Very sad. Thank you to the fire fighters, and mourn the animals.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 12:03 am
Connect the dots here. Global Warming IS related to Climate Change. The idea that Global Warming JUST results in hotter temperatures is wrong. Climate Change MEANS our global climates ARE erratic. . . you would have to be walking around with your head in a vat of glue not to notice that the seasons themselves are throwing up completely random pockets of weather unprecedented since I became an adult.

Flash floods in some areas, sweltering heat one day, torrential rain the next. High winds the next. Parts of Britain have been so hot that one doesn't need to venture to Europe to experience heat.

Danny van Huizen (39)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 1:30 am
It'horrible. Those poor people and the animals who are burned alive.
Yes Darren it's because of global warming because here in the Netherlands it's so hot.
Our lovely cool summers are gone.

Judy C (97)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 12:49 pm
This is a very sad story. Some people have already commented about global warming.. This is the third year in which temperatures have reached the highest recorded on earth. I wish it was not true, but disasters like this are going to become the new normal. Thanks Dandelion.

Janet B (0)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 3:28 pm

Suzanne L (98)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 9:45 pm
I have seen coverage on the news and it is horrendous. It's an area with which I'm familiar. I pray for those who have lost everything, and those who are fighting the fire. France and Spain are helping. It is a catastrophy.

MmAway M (505)
Friday June 23, 2017, 1:23 am
Just caught this, but do get all disaster info around the world.
FIRES scary. No words ~ Living here in California we are going to be in HELL SOON

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday June 23, 2017, 6:26 am
Thanks again

Roberto MARINI (90)
Friday June 23, 2017, 9:29 am
a horrible tragedy

Walter F (129)
Friday June 23, 2017, 6:16 pm
Our thoughts and prayers to those who mourn and suffer,.

Janet B (0)
Friday June 23, 2017, 7:03 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday June 24, 2017, 4:46 am
Thanks again

Ruth C (87)
Saturday June 24, 2017, 9:16 am
I feel so sad for all of the animals that live there.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Saturday June 24, 2017, 10:23 am

TOM T (246)
Saturday June 24, 2017, 1:25 pm

Janet B (0)
Saturday June 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

Tom P (28)
Saturday June 24, 2017, 4:08 pm
World is hellish enough.dont need this anywhere.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday June 25, 2017, 11:08 am
Thanks again

Janet B (0)
Sunday June 25, 2017, 1:24 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday June 26, 2017, 6:27 am
Thanks again

Janet B (0)
Monday June 26, 2017, 6:32 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday June 26, 2017, 11:54 pm
Thanks again

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday June 27, 2017, 1:56 am
Thanks again

Janet B (0)
Tuesday June 27, 2017, 8:39 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday June 28, 2017, 1:04 am
Thanks again

Janet B (0)
Wednesday June 28, 2017, 2:17 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday June 29, 2017, 3:35 am
Thanks again

Malgorzata Z (198)
Thursday June 29, 2017, 2:13 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday June 30, 2017, 12:55 am
Thanks again

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Thursday July 13, 2017, 4:37 am
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