At 10.30am there were a total of 129 operatives still on the ground in Monchique, supported by 47 vehicles.

A civil protection spokesman told Lusa that the firefighting operation had been hampered by difficult access and strongwinds, however temperatures and wind speeds have now dropped and “conditions are not expected to change significantly”.

The fire was officially deemed as under control yesterday evening at 6.42pm, with the operation involving more than 200 firefighters and 10 aircraft in support at its peak.

No injuries have been reported or damage to property.

The fire initially began in Chã da Casinha, in the north of the municipality of Monchique, near to the border of Odemira.