Death toll from Portugal wildfires rises to 27

A firefighter tries to extinguish a forest fire in Zamanes area in Vigo Galicia northwestern Spain

Officials said the fires, some of which were deliberately lit, had been fanned by strong winds as remnants of ex-Hurricane Ophelia brushed the Iberian coast.

"Solidarity of all Spain and prompt coordination to combat the fire and assist people".

More than a hundred fires raged through the region.

In Portugal, approximately 440 fires erupted, which is "the worst day since the beginning of the year", according to a spokeswoman for the national civil protection agency, Patricia Gaspar.

Fires are also raging in Portugal, which borders Galicia, where media reports state six people have been killed. More than 4,000 firefighters were working to extinguish at least 65 blazes Monday morning.

"The situation is worrying".

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is from Galicia, expressed his condolences to the victims in a Twitter message.

Two people were killed when they were trapped by flames in a van in Chandebrito, northwestern Spain.

The flames had reached O Castro, a large hilltop park in the heart of Vigo with sweeping views of the city's estuary, Spanish public television station TVE reported.

The regional government of Galicia said in a statement, 350 fire brigades with 200 soldiers were on duty battling 17 major wildfires in the region.

Meteorologists say Ophelia is the most powerful hurricane recorded so far east in the Atlantic and the first since 1939 to travel so far north.



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