lisbon - The authorities in Portugal have discovered the cause of the devastating forest fire: a lightning strike. 'We even found the tree where the lightning was struck,' said police chief Almeida Rodrigues.
Earlier, firefighting was thought, but it is now completely out of order.
Portugal has called for assistance from the EU, which has asked the Member States to supply extinguishing material. Then Spain and France sent blast aircraft. However, due to the huge dense smoke they are difficult to use.