A massive wildland fire burning in central Portugal has killed 62 civilians and injured 54; four firefighters were among the injured.
Portuguese officials say this is the worst tragedy to hit the nation in decades.
Seven hundred firefighters have been joined by more than 350 soldiers in trying to contain the fire.
“This is a region that has had fires because of its forests, but we cannot remember a tragedy of these proportions,” Valdemar Alves, the mayor of Pedrogao Grande told Associated Press. “I am completely stunned by the number of deaths.”
Spain has sent four firefighting planes to help and France has sent three.