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Portugal Forest Fire Traps Drivers, Killing at Least 62 People

The cause of the fire Pedrógão Grande area was not immediately clear. Officials suggested that it had been spurred by a dry thunderstorm, in which lightning strikes but there is no rainfall.

Portugal has been hit regularly by devastating summer forest fires, and the nation and the rest of the Iberian Peninsula have been suffering a heat wave for several days, with temperatures climbing above 40 degrees Celsius, or 104 Fahrenheit, in several regions.

José Maria de Almeida Rodrigues, the national director of Portugal’s judicial police, told Lusa on Sunday, “Everything points very clearly toward natural causes.”

Source: NYT > World

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