More than 60 people were killed and scores others were injured when wildfires ripped through central Portugal, near Figueiró dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pêra.
According to Jorge Gomes, the secretary of state for internal administration, nearly half of those killed had been caught in their motor vehicles as fast-moving flames enveloped the roadways. While the cause of the fire is not immediately clear, officials have suggested that a lightening strike, coupled with the seasonal arid landscape, is responsible for starting the inferno.
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A picture taken on June 18, shows a forest in flames during a wildfire near the village of Mega Fundeira.
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Local residents react as they are evacuated from the village of Derreada Cimeira on June 18.
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A firefighter unit speeds back to the active fire front in Aguda, Portugal on June 18.
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