A source from the Faro District Command for Relief Operations (CDOS) told Lusa that several people were removed as a precaution from places located near the fire, which at 09:00 had two active fronts.

“The people were removed preventively and were taken to [the locality of] Azinheira,” said the source, without specifying the number of inhabitants.

The alert for the fire in a forested area, which broke out near the town of Pernadeira, in the parish of Odeleite, in the municipality of Castro Marim, district of Faro, was given at 1:05 am.

At 9:00 am, the fire had mobilised 165 workers, with the support of 54 vehicles and nine air support aircraft.