Locals watch the progression of a wildfire close to Monchique, in Algarve, on August 7, 2018. AFP / CARLOS COSTA
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California's biggest wildfire on record was expected to burn for the rest of the month, fire officials said Tuesday, as hot and windy conditions challenged thousands of fire crews battling eight major blazes burning out of control across the state.The Mendocino Complex grew to span over 117,000 hectares – approximately the size of Los Angeles – by Tuesday morning, with barely a third of it contained since two wildfires merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.Meanwhile, Europe's scorching heat wave has killed nine people in a week in Spain, health authorities said, as stifling temperatures kindled wildfires in the country and neighboring Portugal where a ferocious blaze encircled a resort town.In the southern Portuguese holiday region, residents and tourists have been evacuated from around an Algarve resort town as fire crews struggled to extinguish wildfires that have raged for days leaving 30 people injured, one seriously.
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