Portugal on high alert as more than 900 firefighters struggle to put out a fire sweeping across part of the country’s central region on Sunday, with strong winds and high temperatures complicating efforts to tackle the blaze.
Luis Belo Costa, commander from Castelo Branco, told a news conference that several houses were at risk as the fire raged near isolated villages.
“There were houses hit by the flames,” Belo Costa said. “People were evacuated but most have already returned to their homes.”
There were no immediate estimates for property damage.
“There were houses hit by the flames,” Belo Costa said, adding it was still too early to say how long it would take to bring the fire under control.
“People were evacuated but most have already returned to their homes.”
The wildfire has been raging in the municipality of Oleiros since Saturday afternoon but it has spread to two neighbouring municipalities and has already forced the precautionary evacuation of a number of people.