Portugal Wildfires kill Dozens of People trapped in the Cars

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Wildfires in central Portugal claimed the lives of many victims that were burned in their cars as they were trying to flee on Sunday. Many cars couldn’t get out and people burned to death inside their cars.

Over 1.700 firefighters are battling different blazes around Portugal. Some of the wildfires are still racing through inaccessible parts of hill ranges about 150 km northeast of Lisbon. Cooler nighttime temperatures helped firefighters bring some blazes under control.

France, Italy and Spain have sent planes to fight the fires. However giant clouds of smoke were preventing the deployment of water dropping aircraft on wildfires in the central region of the country.

The government has declared three days of mourning. The Portuguese police told reporters that the fires were started by lightning caused by dry thunderstorms.

ABC / Crickey Conservation Society.

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