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    Wow, just seen the news. I was heading close by. Have stopped to re-route. Will probably stick to coastal route.

    Forest fires kill 39 in central Portugal - BBC News
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    Wow, just seen the news. I was heading close by. Have stopped to re-route. Will probably stick to coastal route.

    Forest fires kill 39 in central Portugal - BBC News
    The latest death toll at 1445hrs is 61 from portugal tv. Very sad! We are at foz do arelho and the vans are covered in ash!. We were to move to constancia but it is far too near to the fires so plsn b
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    Quote Originally Posted by grath View Post
    The latest death toll at 1445hrs is 61 from portugal tv. Very sad! We are at foz do arelho and the vans are covered in ash!. We were to move to constancia but it is far too near to the fires so plsn b
    Do take care, Graham.
    Frightening and tragic.
    This time, 5 years ago, We were over here, Jenny was In hospital.
    there were reports of fires across The Algarve. I was too busy to worry.
    Next morning, there were 18 emails in our inbox... All entitled" Don't Worry"... From friends and neighbours.
    The fire had come within 600 metres of our cottage and miraculously, the wind had changed!
    The landscape had not fully recovered yet and the wild boars have only recently made a come back.
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    as i was just posting on the other thread,we had a house in a small village just below Monchique and had a couple of near ones, as you say, a change of wind direction could be fatal !
    the place was a tinderbox, pine and chestnut trees were harvested regularly using the old method of felling the tree, cutting off all the branches,leaving them where they fell, and dragging the trunks out by cable, this left massive piles of branches, needles and cones to dry out in the sun. also there were many fallen and standing dead eucalyptus trees, which we used for fuel as it burnt very well! some of the tree spoil around our house was a few years old and 2or more metres deep- bit of a worry ! the year after we left the house was destroyed in a forest fire

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    We were also in Portimao last yrar when the fire was st Monchanic (excuse spelling) and the ash was all over Portimao. We will stay put for a couple of days sns take it from there. We are the lucky ones, somebof the residents are not so lucky and dont have choices. Seems some of the fatalities were in cars trying to get away. 16 in three cars!
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    Our barn in central portugal escaped being burned by a whisker..the whole valley has gone. We feel like we have won the lottery as, having been told ours and both neighbours properties had burned, we then got a message to say they are ok. Friends all around have lost their homes, some tried to get away in cars but luckily did not get to the road where 30 people died in their vehicles as the fires jumped the roads and tarmac burned. Also there was a car accident which, I think, blocked the road and resulted in deaths. The fires are still reigniting and the area will be dangerous for some time. Hope nobody was hurt from WC, must have been so scarey.
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    another unforeseen aspect of these fires, is that people were compensated the market value of their destroyed property , but many in the Monchique region hdan't got the necessary licences for improvements and extensions etc , so quite a few who lost substantial villas received compo for the peasant's hut they started with !

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    Quote Originally Posted by REC View Post
    Our barn in central portugal escaped being burned by a whisker..the whole valley has gone. We feel like we have won the lottery as, having been told ours and both neighbours properties had burned, we then got a message to say they are ok. Friends all around have lost their homes, some tried to get away in cars but luckily did not get to the road where 30 people died in their vehicles as the fires jumped the roads and tarmac burned. Also there was a car accident which, I think, blocked the road and resulted in deaths. The fires are still reigniting and the area will be dangerous for some time. Hope nobody was hurt from WC, must have been so scarey.
    Stay safe everyone
    It's a lethal combination, eucalyptus and pine. I believe that they ar now restrictions on planting them in proximity.
    If not, there should be.
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    seems the cops did a good job stopping people from going down that road- the ones that got by them were the ones who died , those bombeiros [firemen] certainly earn their 1.90 euros an hour !

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    Such a shame and condolenced to all who have suffered. We are just here for a short time. Woke up this morning and our van again has ashes over it but that is just a small problem and nothing serious! Not forgetting, we are about 90 km away from the fire. So imagine it nearer
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