The fire in the Tavira region of the Algarve that has been raging since Wednesday afternoon (July 18) is now being declared as being “under control”.
At 6pm today (July 21) the second commander of the civil protection agency running the operation to tackle the fire, José Cideço, told media that the fire was now under control, although none of the forces on the ground would be removed yet.
There are still more than 1,000 operatives fighting the fire across Tavira and the São Brás de Alportel areas, being supported by 189 vehicles and 13 operational aircraft.
Small pockets of fire continue to need special attention int he area including some in the north of São Brás and others around Cachopo in Tavira.
There are still active fronts within the perimeter of the fire zone (which extends across 75 kilometres) but these are being carefully monitored and addressed by firefighters.
The area still remains on high alert, however it appears that the worst of the fire, which saw the largest firefighting operation on the history of Portugal and consumed more than a third of the total area of Tavira, is now under the control of the Bombeiros firefighters.