- Portugal fires LIVE: Updates as fires rage for a seventh day scorching the Algarve
- So far the blaze has resulted in at least 30 injuries but there have been no deaths
- The fire has scorched 17,000 hectares, according to official estimates
9.37am Thursday 9 August: 2,5000 people evacuated from the affected area
The blaze began last Friday in Monchique, Faro District, and has since spread to neighbouring Silves and Portimão.
Around 2,500 people have been forced to evacuate the region.
9.20am Thursday 9 August: The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updates their travel advice to the region
The FCO is now advising against travel to any areas where the fire is burning and have updated their travel advice.
“A major forest fire, which started a number of days ago in the area of Monchique, in the Algarve, has spread to neighbouring municipalities.
“The Portuguese authorities have been evacuating the affected areas. Strong winds in the area make the spread of fire unpredictable.”
8.03am Thursday 9 August: Flights are operating as normal
Faro Airport, also known as Algarve Airport, remains open with flights fully operational.
Tourists heading to the area should check the local travel warning and ensure the region they are travelling to has not been affected.
Travellers should contact Civil Protection Authorities or Portuguese Police in an emergency.
Portugal fires LIVE: Updates as Algarve fires rage for a seventh day
Portugal fires: So far the blaze has resulted in at least 30 injuries but here have been no deaths
7.53am Thursday 9 August: 1,5000 firefighters have joined the effort to tackle the blaze
Monchique has been without water since Monday and several homes and vehicles have been destroyed in the inferno.
Over 1,500 firefighters have been tackling the fire but strong winds that are constantly changing direction is making the task much harder.
The stifling heatwave sweeping Europe has caused temperatures to soar to 46C in places, close to country’s national record of 47.4C.
The blaze started in eucalyptus and pine forests in the hills but is now steadily moving towards the coast, where thousands take their holidays every year.
7.14am Thursday 9 August: Locals say it seems as though it’s “snowing ashes”
Smoke was growing thicker on the coast and flames were closing in on the town of Silves, just 10 km (six miles) inland, where one resident said it was “snowing ashes.”
Portugal fires: Several homes and vehicles have been destroyed in the inferno
“It’s snowing ashes and the sky is yellowish. The scene looks straight out of a science fiction movie because this colour is not normal,” said Nuno Sarsfield Magalhaes, 43, who has an agricultural business in Silves.
The fire erupted five days ago during an extreme heatwave and has prompted criticism of the authorities despite their efforts to prevent a repeat of the deadliest fires in history last year, in which 114 people died.
Travellers staying in parts of the Algarve were told to leave as flames came within miles of popular holiday resorts.
Hundreds of tourists staying at the Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa were told to leave just after midnight on Sunday and bussed to a resort half hour away.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently revealed what you should do to protect your health if you’re caught up in an area affected by fire on holiday this summer.