Fires from California to Japan – level 3

13-08-2018 07:00

The ongoing heatwave has reduced Portugal’s rolling hills to tinder and the country has become the latest in a long list of countries to be ravaged by wildfires.

Hundreds of firefighters are working day and night to keep the number of wildfires under control, and neighbouring Spain joined the fight by lending a number of aircraft for water drops.

The extreme weather has struck more than Europe – countries including Japan and the USA are also dealing with deadly heatwaves and fires. California is battling its biggest wildfire in history, and it is called the ‘Holy Fire’. The massive blaze covers an area larger than New York City and officials said that more than 283,800 acres of land have been scorched.

Difficult words: tinder (dry wood which is easily set on fire), ravage (do great damage to), battle (try to control, fight), blaze (a large powerful fire), scorch (burn).

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