Fire-fighters in central and eastern Algarve and Madeira have won the battle against the blazes that have raged since last week.
While fires in the Algarve were under control, a total of 417 fire-fighters are remaining in high risk areas with fears that new fires might start.
In Madeira, local law enforcement authorities have said this morning they have no doubt that most, if not all, the fires recorded on the island-region since Wednesday were ignited by arsonists.
On Friday evening and the early hours of Saturday morning, around 100 people, mainly elderly citizens, from the outskirts of São Brás, had to be evacuated from their homes. At least 30 people are being temporarily accommodated in the town’s Santa Casa da Misericórdia institution with more people being expected there during the course of today.
Many of the elderly evacuees believe their homes and livelihoods, including farm animals and land, have perished.
Even though the region of São Brás is presently battling the lion’s share of the blaze, Tavira Mayor Jorge Botelho criticised the decision to move fire-fighters away from his municipality to neighbouring São Brás, describing the situation in his city as "very serious".
Fire-fighters have been desperately trying to control the eastern Algarve inferno since it broke out on Wednesday (18 July), the day after what was the hottest day of the year so far (Tuesday, 17 July).
Thirteen aircraft including two Spanish planes, amphibian places and helicopters are now involved in fighting the blaze, which has been steadily expanding since Wednesday. Increasingly exhausted fire-fighters are struggling to bring it under control.
More than 700 firemen and woman and 30 GNR officers are among the 1,040 bodies officially drafted in to try and bring the devastating blaze to a head, aided by 260 fire engines and other vehicles.
A dense veil of smoke can be seen hanging over the eastern Algarve from as far away as Boliqueime (central Algarve), bathing the inland skyline in an eerie rusty-pinkish light. Vast swathes of country throughout the adjoining municipalities of Tavira and São Brás (Faro) have already been scorched.
Passengers flying into Faro Airport in recent nights have described the view on approach to landing as “volcanic.”
Meanwhile in Madeira funds have been made available to compensate farmers who lost vast areas of land in equally worrying fires dotted from east to west of the island as fire-fighters there also struggle to contain and extinguish the situation.