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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Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato, central Portugal, on June 18.

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A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18.

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Police control traffic during a wildfire in the village of Derreada Cimeira on June 18.

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Volunteers unload food and water at a fire station in Pedrogao Grande, central Portugal, on June 18.

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Burned cars sit next to a forest after a wildfire took dozens of lives, on June 18, near Castanheira de Pera, in Leiria district, Portugal.

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A firefighter works to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato, central Portugal, on June 18.

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A dog sits outside a burned house after a wildfire took dozens of lives on June 18, near Castanheira de Pera, in Leiria district, Portugal.

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Firefighters rest near the village of Torgal, Portugal, on June 18.

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Smoke from a forest fire is seen from the village of Dornes, on June 18.

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People are evacuated from their houses by Red Cross and police members due the proximity of a dangerous wildfire at Torgal, Castanheira de Pera, on June 18.

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A Red Cross worker rests outside a relief center for people affected by a forest fire in Figueiro dos Vinhos, Portugal, on June 19.

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Villagers sit outdoors as a forest fire burns near the village of Fato, on June 18.

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Burned cars block the road between Castanheira de Pera and Figueiro dos Vinhos, central Portugal, on June 18.

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The dead body of a wildfire victim lies covered by a blanket on a road in Pedrogao, on June 18.

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Portuguese firefighters work to stop a forest fire from reaching the village of Figueiro dos Vinhos, on June 18.

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A burnt house whose owner died is left destroyed during a wildfire at Pobrais, Pedrogao Grande on June 19.

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A dead deer lays on the roadside in an area affected by a wildfire at Vila Pedro, Figueiro dos Vinhos, on June 19.

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Isabel Godinho, 63, cries inside her burnt garage affected by a wildfire at Vilas de Pedro, Figueiro dos Vinhos, on June 19.

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Roses were placed on the remains of a car in which a woman was killed after going off the road in the village of Nodeirinho, near Pedrogao Grande, on June 19.

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