The Portuguese authorities announced a ‘state of emergency’ due to the fires in the country, while at least 29 people have been reported injured.
The fires have engulfed not only northern but also central Portugal, where around 3,000 firefighters and more than 60 aircraft are battling to put out the flames. between scorching temperatures.
Authorities said 12 firefighters and 17 civilians sought medical attention to help those injured in the blaze.
The European Union on Sunday activated its firefighting air fleet assistance program that allows member countries to share resources.
Spain, which has also experienced fires recently, responded quickly by mobilizing two firefighting planes to send to its Iberian neighbor, according to EU Crisis Commissioner Janez Lenarcic.
Portugal has long suffered from large, and sometimes tragic, forest fires.
In 2017, fires that got out of control killed more than 100 people.
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