The flames have spread to the county of Silves, causing some 300 residents to move to safety. Because some national roads were cut many were forced to spend the night in schools, although on Thursday most were able to return to their homes.
As the days have gone by so the carbon monoxide concentration in the Algarve’s atmosphere has increased, and it could reach critical levels over the next 48 hours. Satellite images illustrate the extent of the fire, which already visible from space. Although the blaze is still going, officials say there’s no active front.
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