Over 6.000 firefighters are struggling to put out forest fires across Portugal during the weekend. Lisbon has requested assistance from Europe to tackle the blaze that threatens to spread with more hot weather in the coming days.
Extremely dry and hot weather ignited Portugal’s worst fire disaster in history this summer killing over 60 people, as the wildfires continue to flare up in recent weeks. High winds winds in the coming days could increase the number of fires, forcing the Portuguese government to request for help to Europe.
According to emergency services, 268 fires broke out on Saturday alone, which is the highest on record for any single day. More than 140.000 hectares of forest have burned this summer in Portugal, which is more than three times higher than the average over the last ten years, according to EU data.
BBC / AA Magnum Blog News 2017.