Right on the heels of deadly California wildfires, another spate of blazes is wreaking havoc- this time in Portugal and Spain. At least 35 people, including a one month old infant, have died in Portugal while in Spain, four people have lost their lives.
Thousands of people were being evacuated in the northwestern region of Galicia, Spain, as the remnants of winds from Hurricane Ophelia fanned the flames along Iberia’s Atlantic coast. More than 5,300 firefighters with more than 1,600 vehicles battled the fires raging through dense pine and eucalyptus forests.
Authorities in Portugal and Spain suspect that though some of the fires may have been started deliberately, recent weather conditions like low humidity and unusually high temperatures are also believed to have played a major role.