Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Photos: Portugal is facing the biggest wildfires in its history #PrayForPortugal

A major forest fire in Portugal's Madeira Islands has left 174 people seeking medical treatment, officials said Tuesday.

Another 400 people have also been forced to evacuate their homes.

The wildfire encroaching on the capital Funchal is now under control and cooler temperatures forecast for Wednesday are expected to help put it out.

Other wildfires have raged for several days on the Portuguese mainland. By Tuesday evening, fire officials said seven major blazes in the countryside were out of control.

The National Civil Protection service said just over 4,000 firefighters supported by 26 water-dumping planes and 1,262 vehicles were attending 149 blazes of varying sizes across the country.

So much respect for the firefighters out there in Portugal!