Above: the map shows the approximate location of the burned area northwest of Monchique, Portugal, August 5, 2018.
A wildfire in Portugal’s southern region of Algarve is causing evacuations in the northern portion of the region northwest of Monchique which is about a half hour drive from the tourist facilities on the coast.
Similar to the heat that is complicating efforts of firefighters in California, temperatures have been close to all time records. Some locations are experiencing 46C (115F).
The fire near Monchique has burned approximately 1,000 Ha (2,470 acres). It is being fought by by 800 firefighters, 130 soldiers, and 12 aircraft. Last year wildfires in Portugal killed 114 people in the country’s worst such tragedy on record. Authorities pulled the trigger much more quickly this time to evacuate at least two communities near Monchique.
Portugal wildfires: Scores evacuated as Algarve blazes rage near tourist resorts: Some 700 firefighters deployed alongside aircraft to tackle fires near Monchique… https://t.co/YjVVe1iXIL pic.twitter.com/OUaEeIhmSo
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In the video below helicopters use a swimming pool to refill their water buckets.
#climatechange is finding new ways to use your pool!
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— Maria José Fragata (@maria_fragata) August 5, 2018