"Wildfires Kill At Least 39 in Portugal and Spain"

"LISBON/MADRID - At least 36 people died in wildfires raging through parched farmlands and forests in Portugal and another three in neighboring northwestern Spain on Sunday and Monday.

Firefighters were battling 50 blazes in Portugal and a similar number in Spain. Portugal’s government asked for international help and declared a state of emergency in territory north of the Tagus river - about half of its landmass.

Flames ripped across Iberian countryside left tinder-dry by an unusually hot summer and early autumn, fanned by strong winds as remnants of ex-Hurricane Ophelia brushed coastal areas."

Andrei Khalip and Raquel Castillo report for Reuters October 16, 2017.

Source: Reuters, 10/17/2017