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Forest fires in Portugal: The story behind this incredible photo

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Forest fires in Portugal: The story behind this incredible photo

Vieira de Leiria (Portugal) – smoke and fire everywhere. The Forests burn Lichterloh. State of emergency in Portugal and Spain!

On Sunday and Monday in Portugal, 41 people have died in fires.

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Hundreds of meters of high smoke, sky darkens: A photo of a giant Aschewand shows devastating conflagration. Firefighter Helio Madeiras (36) has taken it on Sunday near Portuguese town of Vieira de Leiria.

This black wall is menacingly rolling over city's houses and spreading fear and terror.

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The story behind this incredible photo

"It was Sunday evening at about 5.30 pm," says firefighter Helio Madeira's picture. He's been on duty for 17 years. Yet such scenarios still make him affected: "I took photo of tower of fire station in Vieira de Leiria. I was up re and saw how dangerous fires would be. I made picture to warn people. But we couldn't stop fire. We tried, but many houses burned. It was so sad. "

Smoke swas darken sky above town of Vieira de LeiriaFoto: Helio Madeiras

in Portugal, especially in summer months, forest fires are raging, and this year y have been particularly devastating. In mid-June, 64 people died in severe fires in centre of country, more than 250 ors were injured. By end of September almost 216000 hectares of forest have beendestroyed. 

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