German astronaut photographed Monchique fires from space

Alexander Grest described the scene as a "mixture of dust, sand and smoke"

"A mixture of dust, sand and smoke." This is how the Monchique fires look from space, photographed on Monday by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, who shared the pictures on social media.

The photo shows a column of smoke hovering over the region where fires have been raging for several days. The smoke extended to Portugal's southern coast, over the sea.

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