posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 01:50 PM
This was the situation August 3, 2003. You can see the border with Spain.
You can see what had burned in 2003 until then and what was burning that day alone ... and there were still big fires until October.
The NASA satelite photos from one year ago confirmed that the fires that burned more than 5000 sq km of Europe's most valuable forests (in Portugal,
40% eucalyptus with exploration cycles as short as 9 years, 50% pinus pinaster with cycles of 20 to 25 years) were economically the most devastating
Much of what was left has now been burning for several weeks. Impossible to stop the fires, which end only when they can't find any material to feed
anymore (even all the way to the ocean, sometimes).
A resident flees from a forest fire in the town of Malhao in the southern Portuguese province of Algarve, July 28, 2004.
A lone man tries to fight a forest fire early morning in Boticas, Vila Real, northern Portugal, Wednesday, July 28, 2004.
A raging forest fire is set to engulf houses in Sao Bernabe, south of Portugal
A fireman drags a water hose as he fights a forest fire in Mafra ,30 km (20 miles) north of Lisbon,