Published on : Saturday, August 11, 2018
The temperatures fell overnight in the popular Algarve region where the fires have wreaked havoc, but concern remained those strong winds could reignite the blaze. The wildfires in Portugal started last Friday in Monchique, Faro District, and have since spread to neighbouring Silves and Portimão.
Over 45 people have been injured, but there have been no fatalities as a result of the fires and tourists have remained unharmed. More than 1,450 firefighters fought the flames that prompted the evacuation of more than 2,000 people in the surrounding areas.
According to Algarve Regional Tourism, the region is safe to visit. The hotel establishments have been in permanent contact with the civil protection authorities and with Algarve Regional Tourism Authority, and are monitoring the development of the situation, so as to guarantee the peace and safety of their guests.
The wildfires began a week ago in Monchique in the far south-west of the country and spread to Silves and Portimão on the south coast. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) confirmed that the fire is now under control, but warned: “While the weather remains dry, there is always a risk of forest fires.” The emergency officials will remain in the affected area to monitor the situation.