The long line of firefighters from other stations in Algarve going to the aid of colleagues in Silves

Silves fire being tackled by almost 600 firefighters

Tuesday morning sees the fire that broke out yesterday in a remote region of São Marcos da Serra still blazing in spite of the huge numbers of firefighters (and air support yesterday) mobilised.

This morning should see firefighting planes and helicopters get back up into the air shortly.

The Silves blaze is one of four active fires in Portugal today, but considered to be the one right now causing major concern.

Yesterday afternoon various homes had to be evacuated from hamlets, including Monte das Zorras, Alcarias, Novas, Corte Peral, Chaminé, Boião and Casas Velhas.

Roads passing close to the fire site, including the A2 and ICI 1 were closed – the latter opening again late last night, the former still remaining ‘conditioned to traffic’.

Firefighters who only recently put out the week long fire in Quinta do Lago are some of those back on the front line today.

A press conference giving authorities’ perspective on the situation will be taking place mid-morning. Meantime regular updates can be found on the Alerta Incéndio Florestal/ Forest Fire Alert facebook page which is also appealing for donations (see page) to help battling firefighters.