Image of the Day: Fires Fiercely Plow Through Portugal

Firefighters doused flames on Madeira, an island off the coast of Portugal. Heat and dry weather on the Iberian Peninsula fed the fires both on the islands and on the Portuguese mainland. Parts of Madeira were evacuated to ensure the safety of the residents. Firefighters from the Portuguese mainland joined forces with Madeira’s firefighters to help conquer the flames.

The civil defense service said early this week that the fires were “under control” and were no longer dangerous, Reuters reported. But the Guardian warned that more fires could scorch the landscape later in July and August as temperatures increase and drought continues.

Credit: Antonio Cotrim/EPA