According to the Castelo Branco District Operations and Relief Center (CDOS), at 9:00 am, 614 firefighters were fighting the fire, supported by 182 vehicles, supported by seven air assets.

The fire broke out at 3:18 am on Saturday, in the town of Garrocho, parish of Cantar-Galo and Vila do Carvalho, in the municipality of Covilhã (Castelo Branco), and spread to Manteigas, in the district of Guarda.

The National Road 338, which connects Piornos and Manteigas, is still closed due to the fire.