Portuguese radio says 25 people killed in forest fires

"So what we must do now is to calmly provide all the resources to fight the fires".

Greece experienced its deadliest fires a decade ago.

He said at least 30 people died inside their cars as they tried to flee between the towns of Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera.

Interior Ministry official Jorge Gomes said firefighting crews were having difficulties battling the fire, which was "very intense" in at least two of its four fronts. No information was immediately given on how the others were killed.

"This tragic situation took place in only one of the fires, particularly at a road next to it", Costa told reporters.

Public broadcaster RTP said there were about 20 injured, including six firefighters.

Temperatures in the area have hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in recent days.

The death toll in Portugal forest fires has risen to 57, local media reports said on Sunday.

He said 17 others died right outside their cars or by the road, 11 people died in the forest, two people died in a vehicle accident related to the fire and information was missing on the other deaths.

About 700 firefighters worked to put out the fire, which broke out Saturday.

More than 100,000 hectares of the country's mainland was devastated by a series of fires previous year.

"Yesterday we saw the fire but thought it was very far". "Portugal, like most southern European countries, is prone to forest fires in the dry summer months".

In a tweet on Sunday, Mr Costa sent his "deepest regret for the victims. and a word of encouragement and strength for all who help combat this scourge".

Firefighters did "all they could" when faced with the blaze, he added. "In addition, Spain has also sent aircraft on a bilateral basis". Last August, an outbreak of fires across Portugal killed four people, including three on the island of Madeira, and destroyed huge areas of forest.

The crowd fell silent and Francis bowed his head to recall the "many victims" of the blaze.

Britain issued a travel warning for its citizens warning them of the fires in Portugal and urging them to be careful while visiting or driving through woodland areas. EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides expressed his condolences for the victims in a statement, saying the "EU is fully ready to help". France was also sending three aircraft.

"Overwhelmed by the tragedy of Pedrogao Grande".

President Marcelo Rebelo went to the Leiria region to meet families of the victims, "sharing their pain in the name of all the Portuguese people", he said.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that Spanish rescuers would assist in efforts to control the blazes.

Of the victims, 59 people were killed from flames or smoke inhalation and two more were killed in a road accident trying to flee the blaze, according the spokesperson Aicha El Hammar.

Avelar resident Isabel Brandao has told The Associated Press that "the problem is that there was no rain. If it had rained, this would not happen". "I never thought it would come to this side", she said.

Portuguese authorities say that they are still investigating the cause of the fire.

A stream in Penela reflects the wildfire raging in central Portugal on Sunday. Costa said everyone who died was on a road or next to it.

Firefighters were still fighting the flames Sunday.

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