At least 27 people have died in fires which have ravaged forests in northern and central Portugal, three other people were killed in Spain in blazes sparked by arsonists and fanned by hurricane Ophelia.

In Portugal, Prime Minister Antonio Costa declared a state of emergency as more than 4,000 firefighters fought some 20 major fires

The 27 deaths, confirmed by Portugal’s national civil protection agency, came four months after 64 people were killed and more than 250 injured in June in the deadliest fire in the country’s history.

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