PHOTOS: Insane pictures of wildfires that are burning across Portugal right now

Insane pictures of wildfires that are burning across Portugal right now 
A huge forest fire has started in Portugal’s Madeira Islands sparking a mass evacuation.
At least 174 people have been treated by doctors as the wildfires continue to rage, according to officials.

The fire was encroaching on the capital, Funchal, but it is believed that cooler temperatures forecast for today will help put the fire out completely.
Miguel Albuquerque, head of regional govermnent said those needing treatment had inhaled smoke and only one person was severely hurt, with burns. He said at least 27 homes were left uninhabitable on the island off Africa’s northwest coast.
epa05469099 Forest fire in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, 09 August 2016. The fire has led to the evacuation of 400 people. Portugal remains on high alert as a wave of wildfires has swept the country with around 350 isolated fires affecting swathes of the countryside. EPA/GREG"RIO CUNHA 
epa05469098 People watch a forest fire in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, 09 August 2016. The fire has led to the evacuation of 400 people. Portugal remains on high alert as a wave of wildfires has swept the country with around 350 isolated fires affecting swathes of the countryside. EPA/GREG"RIO CUNHA 
A general view of Sitio de Curral dos Romeiros during the wildfires at Funchal, Madeira island, Portugal, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Duarte Sa TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Other wildfires have raged for several days on the Portuguese mainland. By Tuesday evening, fire officials said seven major blazes in the countryside were out of control.
The National Civil Protection service said just over 4,000 firefighters supported by 26 water-dumping planes and 1,262 vehicles were attending 149 blazes of varying sizes across the country.
The month of August, when temperatures are high, winds blow strongly and woodland is parched, is traditionally the peak time for wildfires in Portugal and other southern European countries.
A firefighter works to stop a forest fire from reaching houses in Curral dos Romeiros, on the outskirts of Funchal, the capital of the Madeira island, Portugal, Tuesday, Aug. 9 2016. Flames from forest fires licked at homes around Funchal, casting a smoke plume over the downtown and forcing the evacuation of more than 400 people. (AP Photo/Helder Santos) 
People watch the wildfires at Funchal, Madeira island, Portugal, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Duarte Sa 
A man gestures as house burns as a wildfire spreads at Bom Sucesso in Funchal, Madeira island, Portugal, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Duarte Sa 
The National Civil Protection service said just over 4,000 firefighters supported by 26 water-dumping planes and 1,262 vehicles were attending 149 blazes of varying sizes across the country.
The month of August, when temperatures are high, winds blow strongly and woodland is parched, is traditionally the peak time for wildfires in Portugal and other southern European countries.

Fire service officials said Madeira’s steep hills and dense woodland made it hard to reach the flames, which were fuelled by high winds.
Eight Madeira firefighters required medical treatment after inhaling smoke as high winds fueled the blaze. More than 200 patients were evacuated from a small hospital as a precaution, authorities said.
Some of the worst-hit areas were in northern Portugal, where temperatures have exceeded 30°C in recent days. The region’s pine and eucalyptus forests are tinder-dry after a long spell without significant rain.
A firefighter stands on a roof of a house and tries to extinguish a wildfire at Curral dos Romeiros, Funchal in Madeira island on August 9, 2016. Several houses were destroyed by multiple blazes in the region of Funchal and some 250 people were evacuated to spend the safe night in military installations, said the head of the Civil Protection government regional, Rubina Leal. / AFP PHOTO / JOANA SOUSAJOANA SOUSA/AFP/Getty Images 
People take pictures of the smoke rising from a wildfire at Curral dos Romeiros, Funchal in Madeira island on August 9, 2016. Several houses were destroyed by multiple blazes in the region of Funchal and some 250 people were evacuated to spend the safe night in military installations, said the head of the Civil Protection government regional, Rubina Leal. / AFP PHOTO / JOANA SOUSAJOANA SOUSA/AFP/Getty Images 
A man runs in Bom Sucesso during the wildfires at Funchal, Madeira island, Portugal, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Duarte Sa 
In the area around Viseu, 180 miles north of the capital Lisbon, a wildfire forced the closure of a major highway. In nearby Agueda, roads were closed and power lines were cut by wildfires.
In Lisbon, Tuesday was hazy with a smell of smoke caused by wildfires in the surrounding region.
Fire chiefs said some of their firefighters were exhausted after trying to put out blazes non-stop since Saturday, the hottest day of the year so far when temperatures reached 44°C.

source: metro