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Jun 20, 2017

Devastating forest fires hit Portugal

Devastating forest fires hit Portugal

Thousands of firefighters, from Portugal and Spain, have been battling devastating forest fires in the central region of Portugal for the last three days. These fires have so far killed 64 people and destroyed many more homes.
These forest fires happen every year in Portugal and a big part of why they do are the huge areas of land which have seen native, more fire resistant trees, ripped out and replaced by non-native eucalyptus trees which are farmed for the paper (pulp) industry. These grow fast and tall, but they also contain an oily substance which catches fires very quickly.
A chance in policy has been on the table for years, but its not moving forward. Maybe this tragedy will set some wheels in motion.

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Smoke rises from a forest fire, seen from the village of Mourisco in central Portugal STAFF/REUTERS

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A forest fire is seen near Pedrogao Grande in central Portugal RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A forest fire is seen near Pedrogao Grande in central Portugal RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near Bouca in central Portugal RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near Bouca in central Portugal RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Smoke is seen on the IC8 motorway during a forest fire near Pedrogao Grande in central Portugal RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A policeman stands near a victim of a forest fire on the IC8 motorway near Pedrogao Grande, in central Portugal RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A burned car is seen in the aftermath of a forest fire near Pedrogao Grande, in central Portugal RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Fire and smoke is seen on the IC8 motorway during a forest fire near Pedrogao Grande MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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Fire and smoke is seen on the IC8 motorway during a forest fire near Pedrogao Grande MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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Burned cars are seen during a forest fire in Figueiro dos Vinhos RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A burned truck is seen during a forest fire near Figueiro dos Vinhos RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A firefighter tries to extinguish fire during a forest fire near the village of Torgal RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A policeman stands beside the body of a victim of a forest fire in Figueiro dos Vinhos RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A burned car and burned trees are seen during a forest fire near Pedrogao Grande RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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People look at fire and smoke during a forest fire in Pedrogao Grande MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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A burned car is moved onto a towing truck during a forest fire near Pedrogao Grande STAFF/REUTERS

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Burned cars are seen on a local road during a forest fire near Pedrogao Grande STAFF/REUTERS

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Local residents are evacuated during a forest fire from the village of Derreada Cimeira RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Fire and smoke are seen during a forest fire in Mega Fungueira MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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A fire fighting plane passes smoke as it pulls up from the Zezere River after picking up water to put out forest fires in the area near Pedrogao Grande AXEL BUGGE/REUTERS

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A firefighter watches a forest fire near the village of Fato, central Portugal RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato, central Portugal RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato in central Portugal RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Volunteers unload food and water at a fire station in Pedrogao Grande MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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Volunteers unload food and water at a fire station in Pedrogao Grande MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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Red Cross personnel rest outside a relief centre for people affected by a forest fire in Figueiro dos Vinhos MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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A man is attended by a Red Cross worker outside a relief centre for people affected by a forest fire in Figueiro dos Vinhos MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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Aerial view of a forest fire is seen from the cabin of a Spanish fire fighting plane near Pedrogao Grande Portugal HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A burned out house is seen following a forest fire near Figueiro dos Vinhos MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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A burned truck is seen in a local road following a forest fire in Barraca da Boavista, outside Pedrogao Grande MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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A burned out house is seen following a forest fire in Barraca da Boavista, outside Pedrogao Grande MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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A burned van and burned trees are seen in a local road following a forest fire outside Pedrogao Grande MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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A burned van and burned trees are seen in a local road following a forest fire outside Pedrogao Grande MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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Aerial view of a forest fire is seen from the cabin of a Spanish 43 Grupo fire fighting plane near Pedrogao Grande HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A firefighter works to put out a forest fire in in Carvalho RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in Carvalho RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A firefighting helicopter dumps water on a forest fire in Mendeira MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in Carvalho RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A firefighter works to put out a forest fire in in Carvalho RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Smoke from a forest fire is seen in Mendeira MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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A firefighting plane dumps water on a forest fire in Mendeira MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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A firefighting plane dumps water on a forest fire in Mendeira MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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Firefighters take a break to watch planes dump water on a forest fire in Mendeira MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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Firefighters take a break to watch planes dump water on a forest fire in Mendeira MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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Firefighters work to save a house from a forest fire in Carvalho RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A firefighter watches an approaching forest fire in Carvalho RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Flames of an approaching forest fire are seen in Carvalho RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Flames of an approaching forest fire are seen in Carvalho RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Smoke from a forest fire turns the sky orange in the village of Carvalho RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near Gois RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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A burned out tractor is seen amidst burned trees after a forest fire in Castanheira de Pera MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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Members of Spanish Emergency Military Unit (UME) work to put out a forest fire near Cernache do Bonjardim HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Forest is seen burnt after a fire near Castanheira de Pera MIGUEL VIDAL/REUTERS

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