Firefighters take a rare break amidst Portuguese forest fires

A photograph showing Portuguese firefighters resting during a brief pause in tackling the country's deadliest forest fire on record went viral after being posted online on Sunday, June 18.

Images taken by firefighter Pedro Bras show a number of his colleagues lying on their overcoats on a section of grass beside a river in Alvares, Portugal. Since being posted one of the images has been shared over 77,000 times.

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Firefighters take a break to watch planes dump water on a forest fire in Mendeira, Portugal June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in the village of Sandinha, near Gois, Portugal, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
Firefighters take a break from fighting a forest fire in Alto da Louriceira, Portugal, June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
Firefighters rest during a wildfire at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18, 2017. A wildfire in central Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said on June 18, 2017. Several hundred firefighters and 160 vehicles were dispatched late on June 17 to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande before spreading fast across several fronts. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters take a break after working to put out a forest fire near Louriceira, Portugal, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in the village of Sandinha, near Gois, Portugal, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
A firefighter takes a break after working to put out a forest fire near Louriceira, Portugal, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
LEIRIA, PORTUGAL - JUNE 20: A female firefighter takes a rest as she prepares to battle approaching flames after a wildfire took dozens of lives on June 20, 2017 near Picha, in Leiria district, Portugal. On Saturday night, a forest fire became uncontrollable in the Leiria district, killing at least 62 people and leaving many injured. Some of the victims died inside their cars as they tried to flee the area. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in the village of Sandinha, near Gois, Portugal, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
Firefighters rest between their trucks, close to the village of Aguda, on June 19, 2017. More than 1,000 firefighters are still trying to control the huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killing at least 62 people and injuring 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames, causing a great deal of emotion in the country. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters work to put out fire during a forest fire in Capelo, near Gois, Portugal, June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
AVELAR, PORTUGAL - JUNE 18: Firefighters from Fire Departments of Barreiro, Trafaria, Corroios and Cacilhas, among the first to arrive to Avelar in Portugal on June 18, 2017. A forest fire has claimed 61 lives in Portugal, the country's National Civil Protection Agency revealed on Sunday. The fire broke out in the Pedrogao Grande area, a municipality about 150 kilometers (93 miles) northeast of the capital Lisbon. (Photo by Andre Alves/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Firefighters work to put out fire during a forest fire in Capelo, near Gois, Portugal, June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
A firefighter using a hose tries to stop flames during a wildfire threatening the village of Torgal, Castanheira de Pera on June 18, 2017. A wildfire in central Portugal killed at least 57 people and injured 59 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said on June 18, 2017. Several hundred firefighters and 160 vehicles were dispatched late on June 17 to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande before spreading fast across several fronts. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman helps firefighters as they work to put out a forest fire in the village of Sandinha, near Gois, Portugal, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in the village of Sandinha, near Gois, Portugal, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
Police officers and firefighters try to extinguish a forest fire near houses at Sao Joao Latrao, Funchal, Madeira island, Portugal August 10, 2016. REUTERS/Duarte Sa
A firefighter works to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato, central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A firefighter looks on as he works to extinguish a wildfire in Carvalho, next to Pampilhosa da Serra, on June 19, 2017. More than 1,000 firefighters are still trying to control the huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killing at least 62 people and injuring 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames, causing a great deal of emotion in the country. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Two firefighters use a hose to combat a wildfire in Vale da Ponte, Pedrograo Grande, on June 20, 2017. The huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killed at least 64 people and injured 135 more, with many trapped in their cars by the flames. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters rest during a wildfire at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18, 2017. A wildfire in central Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said on June 18, 2017. Several hundred firefighters and 160 vehicles were dispatched late on June 17 to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande before spreading fast across several fronts. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Portugal has carried out a massive operation to combat the fire, which has killed at least 64 people.

The fire, about 125 miles northeast of capital Lisbon, spread rapidly after starting on Saturday, June 17th, killing many people in their cars as they tried to flee the blaze.

Several other fires have now spread through the region and there are now more than 2,000 firefighters involved in the efforts, said Victor Vaz Pinto, commander of the civil protection agency.

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A firefighter watches a forest fire near the village of Fato, central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
Firefightes work to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato, central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
A Red Cross worker rests outside a relief centre for people affected by a forest fire in Figueiro dos Vinhos, Portugal, June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
Firefightes work to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato, central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
A firefighting helicopter works to put out a forest fire in Mendeira, Portugal June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
A burned van and burned trees are seen in a local road following a forest fire outside Pedrogao Grande, Portugal June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in Carvalho, near Gois, Portugal June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in Carvalho, near Gois, Portugal June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in Carvalho, near Gois, Portugal June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
A burned traffic signs and burned trees are seen in a local road following a forest fire outside Pedrogao Grande, Portugal June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
A forest fire approaches houses in the village of Atalaia Cimeira near Pedrogao Grande, central Portugal June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Guillermo Martinez
Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato, central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
Volunteers unload food and water at a fire station in Pedrogao Grande, central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
A helicopter overfly a wildfire in Carvalho, next to Pampilhosa da Serra, on June 19, 2017. More than 1,000 firefighters are still trying to control the huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killing at least 62 people and injuring 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames, causing a great deal of emotion in the country. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
Locals look at a wildfire in Carvalho, next to Pampilhosa da Serra, on June 19, 2017. More than 1,000 firefighters are still trying to control the huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killing at least 62 people and injuring 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames, causing a great deal of emotion in the country. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters and soldiers work to extinguish a wildfire in Carvalho, next to Pampilhosa da Serra, on June 19, 2017. More than 1,000 firefighters are still trying to control the huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killing at least 62 people and injuring 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames, causing a great deal of emotion in the country. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
A helicopter drops water over a wildfire in Carvalho, next to Pampilhosa da Serra, on June 19, 2017. More than 1,000 firefighters are still trying to control the huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killing at least 62 people and injuring 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames, causing a great deal of emotion in the country. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture shows a burnt house whose owner died, destroyed during a wildfire at Pobrais, Pedrogao Grande on June 19, 2017. More than 1,000 firefighters are still trying to control the huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killing at least 62 people and injuring 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames, causing a great deal of emotion in the country. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
LEIRIA, PORTUGAL - JUNE 19: A Portuguese soldier jumps from a roof after checking the property didn't contain any human remains after a wildfire took dozens of lives on June 19, 2017 near Castanheira de Pera, in Leiria district, Portugal. On Saturday night, a forest fire became uncontrollable in the Leiria district, killing at least 62 people and leaving many injured. Some of the victims died inside their cars as they tried to flee the area. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
LEIRIA, PORTUGAL - JUNE 19: Trees burn after a wildfire took dozens of lives on June 19, 2017 near Castanheira de Pera, in Leiria district, Portugal. On Saturday night, a forest fire became uncontrollable in the Leiria district, killing at least 62 people and leaving many injured. Some of the victims died inside their cars as they tried to flee the area. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A picture taken on June 19, 2017 shows an area devastated by a wildfire close to the village of Figueiro dos Vinhos. More than 1,000 firefighters are still trying to control the huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killing at least 62 people and injuring 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames, causing a great deal of emotion in the country. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on June 19, 2017 shows wreckage of a garage in an area devastated by a wildfire close to the village of Figueiro dos Vinhos. More than 1,000 firefighters are still trying to control the huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killing at least 62 people and injuring 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames, causing a great deal of emotion in the country. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters rest between their trucks, close to the village of Aguda, on June 19, 2017. More than 1,000 firefighters are still trying to control the huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killing at least 62 people and injuring 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames, causing a great deal of emotion in the country. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
People who evacuated from their homes after a forest fire sleep outside an evacuation centre in Pedrogao Grande, central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
Burned cars are seen on a local road during a forest fire near Pedrogao Grande, Portugal June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Guillermo Martinez
Villagers sit outdoors as a forest fire burns near the village of Fato, central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
A fire fighting plane passes smoke as it pulls up from the Zezere River after picking up water to put out forest fires in the area near Pedrogao Grande, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Bugge
A burned car is moved onto a towing truck during a forest fire near Pedrogao Grande, Portugal June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Guillermo Martinez
People look at fire and smoke during a forest fire in Pedrogao Grande, in central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
A burnt house is seen during a forest fire in Pedrogao Grande, in central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
A burned car and burned trees are seen during a forest fire near Pedrogao Grande, Portugal June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
An ambulance drives past a burned car during a forest fire in Figueiro dos Vinhos, Portugal June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
Firefighters take a break to watch planes dump water on a forest fire in Mendeira, Portugal June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
A firefighting plane dumps water on a forest fire in Mendeira, Portugal June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Local residents are evacuated during a forest fire from the village of Derreada Cimeira, Portugal June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
Fire and smoke is seen on the IC8 motorway during a forest fire near Pedrogao Grande, in central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
Smoke rises from a forest fire, seen from the village of Mourisco in central Portugal, June 17, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Bugge
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH A policeman stands near a victim of a forest fire on the IC8 motorway near Pedrogao Grande, in central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante TEMPLATE OUT
A firefighter carries a hose at Facal in Pedrogao Grande on June 19, 2017. More than 1,000 firefighters are still trying to control the huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killing at least 62 people and injuring 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames, causing a great deal of emotion in the country. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Locals use buckets trying to extinguish a wildfire in Atalaia Fundeira near Cernache do Bonjardin on June 19, 2017. More than 1,000 firefighters are still trying to control the huge forest fire that erupted on June 17, 2017 in central Portugal killing at least 62 people and injuring 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames, causing a great deal of emotion in the country. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)
LEIRIA, PORTUGAL - JUNE 19: Two goats stand next to burnt cars after a wildfire took dozens of lives on June 19, 2017 near Castanheira de Pera, in Leiria district, Portugal. On Saturday night, a forest fire became uncontrollable in the Leiria district, killing at least 62 people and leaving many injured. Some of the victims died inside their cars as they tried to flee the area. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
LEIRIA, PORTUGAL - JUNE 19: A firefighter battles a fire after a wildfire took dozens of lives on June 19, 2017 in small village near Pedrogao Grande, in Leiria district, Portugal. On Saturday night, a forest fire became uncontrollable in the Leiria district, killing at least 62 people and leaving many injured. Some of the victims died inside their cars as they tried to flee the area. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
LEIRIA, PORTUGAL - JUNE 19: A plane battles a fire from the air after a wildfire took dozens of lives on June 19, 2017 near Pedrogao Grande, in Leiria district, Portugal. On Saturday night, a forest fire became uncontrollable in the Leiria district, killing at least 62 people and leaving many injured. Some of the victims died inside their cars as they tried to flee the area. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
LEIRIA, PORTUGAL - JUNE 19: A bucket with resin remains in a tree after a wildfire took dozens of lives on June 19, 2017 near Castanheira de Pera, in Leiria district, Portugal. On Saturday night, a forest fire became uncontrollable in the Leiria district, killing at least 62 people and leaving many injured. Some of the victims died inside their cars as they tried to flee the area. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
A picture taken on June 18, 2017 shows the village of Campelo after a wildfire, from Figueiro dos Vinhos. Portugal declared three days of national mourning from June 18, 2017 after the most deadly forest fire in its recent history, raging through the centre of the country. The fire, which broke out June 17, 2017 in the Pedrogao Grande district, had killed at least 62 people and injured more than 50, according to the latest official update by Sunday afternoon. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
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