Fire Tornado – level 1

13-10-2017 15:00

Portugal has a big problem. There are many fires this year. More than 33% of fires in the EU happen in Portugal. One day, there are 268 fires!

Around 90% of fires begin with people. People start the fires by accident or on purpose. Around 1,000 firefighters fight the fires.

Sixty-four people die. They are in their cars. They try to get away from a fire. It kills them.

Most recently, people see a fire tornado. They also call it a ‘fire devil’. It happens when a tornado touches fire.

Difficult words: by accident (when you do something by mistake – you do not want to do it), on purpose (when you do something because you want to do it), recently (not long ago – this week or last week).

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