“Over the past 24 hours the efforts of the firefighters has been focused on keeping the fire away from homes, however the wind continues to be a problem and could potentially put more homes at risk,” said Albergaria-a-Velha Mayor António Loureiro.

Five fires were active today in the municipalities of Águeda and Albergaria-a-Velha, according to civil protection sources.

The mayor also reported "a situation of extreme distress experienced around 12:30 pm, in the locality of Fontão, due to the wind change" that caused the fire "to reach one of the houses".