Portugal has experienced one of the worst droughts in decades.
More than 200 Portuguese firefighters and a single water bomber helicopter were fighting Tuesday against a major forest fire that started the day before near the city of Alhada (center).
The fire, of unknown origin, resulted in the temporary closure of the nearby highway and many residents were busy spraying the surroundings of their homes to protect themselves from the spread of flames, according to images from Portuguese public television. RTP.
Two-thirds of the territory subjected to drought
"It's hell, sparks are falling everywhere," said a chain resident. Alhada is located 200 km north of the capital.
Portugal is experiencing the most severe drought of the last sixty years with almost 68% of the territory in a state of severe or extreme drought.
The entire Portuguese territory is affected, but more particularly the southern regions of the Alentejo and the Algarve.
The weather has issued a heat alert bulletin for eight regions (out of 18) where the temperature could approach 40 degrees Celsius in the coming days: Evora, Beja, Castelo Branco, Lisbon, Portalegre, Setubal, Santarem and Viana do Castelo.
The Portuguese alert system was put in place after the heat wave that hit Europe in 2003 and caused the death of nearly 2.000 people in Portugal.