Fire Tornado – level 3

13-10-2017 15:00

Portugal continues to struggle with forest fires, which people either accidentally or intentionally started in 90% of cases, according to the Civil Protection Agency.

More than a third of forest fires in the EU happened in Portugal this year, and a record 268 fires in a single day were reported in August. Around 1,000 firefighters had to be drafted in to tackle the wildfires. In June, 64 people tragically died trying to flee flames in their cars.

Most recently, someone caught on camera a rare ‘fire devil’ in Arganil in central Portugal. Flames mixed with dust in a whirlwind caused the fire tornado.

Difficult words: struggle (try hard to stop), intentionally (on purpose), drafted in (sent), tackle (stop), flee (escape; get away from), whirlwind (tornado).

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