Over 216 firefighters battle flames in Monchique

Around 216 firefighters – assisted by 70 vehicles and 10 helicopters and planes – are battling a wildfire that broke out in Chã da Casinha in the municipality of Monchique this afternoon.

A source from Faro’s district rescue operation command (CDOS) has told TVI24 that the fire is raging in a forest area and has “two active fronts”.

The source added that the “flames are spreading with a lot of intensity” due to the strong wind, which is complicating firefighting efforts.

According to Portugal’s civil protection website, authorities were alerted at 3.11pm.

The news is all the more upsetting given that Monchique is still recovering from the devasting wildfire that devoured around 27,000 hectares of land last August.

Chã da Casinha is located northwest of the town of Monchique, near the border separating the Algarve and Alentejo.

Updates to follow.

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Photo: Camilla Bergman/Ass. Alerta de Incendio Florestal