Fires in Portugal

Firesin Portugal

6 October 2005

Fires Flare up in Portugal

Scorching temperatures and hot winds were making the job of firefighters in drought-stricken Portugal extremely difficult in early October 2005. According to news reports, 7 of the country’s 18 administrative divisions were experiencing the “maximum” level of fire danger, with many more at the “very high” level. These blazes flared up over the first weekend of October, after a month of relatively quiet conditions following the major fires of July and August.

4 October 2005
13:25 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)

This image of the fires was captured on October 3, 2005, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Actively burning areas are outlined in red.

(Source: Earth Observatory)

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