Fire in Portugal
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Fire in Portugal

June 18, 2006

The MODIS on NASA's Terra satellite detected a large fire burning in northwest Portugal on June 5, 2006. The fire, outlined in red, was billowing a cloud of smoke that spread out over the Atlantic Ocean. The fire is near the border of Portugal and Spain, which both share the Iberian Peninsula.

There were a total of 9 fires; the largest wildfire, which has burned since Sunday June 4th, is near the town of Barcelos 225 miles north of Lisbon, Portugal's capital. Firefighters said they suspect arson was to blame for the fire, which had a front of around 18 miles at one point.

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