British holidaymakers staying at a resort hotel in Portugal were among hundreds who reportedly fled a raging forest fire amid near-record temperatures.
The five-star Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa evacuated guests as fire spread through pine and eucalyptus woodland in the western Algarve and threatened the town of Monchique.
Guests at the 500-capacity hotel in the Algarve mountains were taken by bus to hotels about half an hour away, according to The Times.
James Summerscales, a British business manager, was on the first day of his holiday when he was evacuated.
“What a nightmare, but mad respect to those managing the situation, the flames were huge,” he wrote on Twitter.
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