Two firefighters killed in Portugal wildfires

Reuters is reporting that two firefighters have been killed this week on wildfires in Portugal.

Civil protection officials said a female firefighter died, one fireman was badly burned and their team had to be evacuated on Tuesday when they found themselves surrounded by flames after a sudden change in the direction of the wind in Gondomar region.

On Monday, a fireman was killed and another seriously injured when their truck fell into a burning ravine in the mountaineous Sao Pedro do Sul area, where the blaze was only put out on Tuesday after a four-day effort by hundreds of firemen.

Our condolences to the families and co-workers.

UPDATE: August 12, 2010

CNN is reporting that three firefighters have been killed in fires in Portugal.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.