Forest fires, Portugal, 2003

Forest fires, Portugal, 2003

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Caption: Forest fires, Portugal, August 2003. Image 2 of 2. True-colour satellite image of forest fires (red) burning in southern Portugal. Smoke (grey) is seen blowing northwards. The land is green/brown, while clouds are white. The ocean is a dark blue. Forest fires devastated Portugal during a European-wide heatwave in the summer of 2003. Record-breaking temperatures in Portugal left the vegetation tinder-dry. At least 19 people died in the forest fires, and there was massive economic damage. These areas of intense fires are to the north-east of Lisbon. Image taken by NASA's Aqua satellite at 14:00 GMT on 3 August 2003. For a coloured version of this image, see E168/058.

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