About 1,000 firefighters are tackling wildfires spreading in east Portugal, which have injured at least nine people.
Portugal’s Civil Protection Authority said firefighters were working to contain the blazes, which broke out on Saturday across three fronts in the district of Castelo Branco, 124 miles (200km) north east of the capital Lisbon.
Authorities said one injured civilian was taken to hospital and firefighters were being supported by 10 firefighting aircraft as well as hundreds of vehicles.
The other injured people have all been firefighters.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Portuguese president, said he would be in contact with the mayors in the affected areas.
A statement on the presidential website said: “Aware of adverse weather conditions, the President of the Republic conveys all solidarity to the men and women who fight them, as well as to the most directly affected populations, accompanied by all the Portuguese.”
Strong winds have made it more difficult for firefighters to tackle the blaze, but authorities said they hoped to have them under control soon.
One village had to be partially evacuated as a precaution.
One wildfire made its way to Macao, an area in the district of Santarum, in western Portugal where temperatures are expected to reach 34C (93.2F) on Sunday.
One resident said: “The wildfire came with force. We [the residents] had to fight the flames.”
He said there were not enough firefighters, a worry echoed by Ricardo Aires, the mayor of Vila de Rei which has been affected.
The army is sending 20 soldiers and four bulldozers to help with the operation.
This is the first major wildfire in Portugal this year.
In 2017, 106 people were killed in some of the country’s deadliest fires on record.
The Portuguese government backed stronger firefighting prevention methods after the heavy death toll of that year and there were no wildfire deaths in 2018.