Smoke rises from Fires in Portugal
Smoke from several of those large mainland fires were seen blowing over the Atlantic Ocean on Aug. 10 when NASA’s Terra satellite passed overhead.
The wildfires appear to have been caused by high temperatures, the dry dehydrated woodland and powerful winds. In total 186 wildfires were counted Wednesday on Portugal’s mainland.
August is one of the peak times for drought and wildfires in Portugal.
NASA’s Terra satellite also captured smoke from several large fires burning on Portugal’s Madeira Island.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who hails from Madeira, posted a message of support on his Facebook page.
“I’m watching what is happening in Madeira (and the rest of the country) with a lump in my throat,” wrote Ronaldo, a hero in Portugal for leading the national football team to victory in the Euro 2016 tournament in France last month.
“Good luck to everyone and thank you to the firefighters risking their lives to save others. I am with you.”