Authorities in the Algarve have reassured visitors stating the region is now safe following raging forest fires.

The Algarve Tourism Bureau said no tourists are at risk from the rural fire that has been active since Friday in the Monchique mountain range, in the interior of the Algarve.

It said lower temperatures and increasing humidity over the next few days would also help control the fire.

Several roads were closed and several locations evacuated, including two hotels, whose guests were moved to alternative hotels along the coast.

Following a meeting today between the president of the Tourism Region of Algarve, João Fernandes, and the heads of civil protection bodies, a decision was taken not to activate additional measures beyond those already taken.

“The Algarve is a safe region for residents and tourists, who should always follow the instructions of the Portuguese authorities, who can be contacted on 800 246 246, or (+351) 21 424 7247 (for those using overseas registered devices) or the website www.prociv.pt/en,” a statement read.

“The Algarve Tourism Region expresses solidarity with all those affected by this fire and thanks all civil protection agents and cooperating entities for their commitment to the rapid extinction of the fire.”