According to a source from the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority, at 10:20 am, 349 operatives remained on site, aided by 121 land assets and one air asset.
The fire broke out at 23:30 on Tuesday near the Gambelas hub of the University of Algarve (parish of Montenegro) and the premises where, as of today, the Faro International Motorcycle Gathering takes place, reaching a perimeter of 27 kilometres. The fire then passed to the municipality of Loulé.
During the day of Wednesday, in the most critical phase of the firefighting, around 150 people were evacuated in the area.
The Government decided today to extend the state of contingency in mainland Portugal from Friday to Sunday due to weather forecasts, with temperatures expected to exceed 45º in some parts of the country.