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Local media reports said several people are still missing, including a one-month old baby.

Officials there have blamed arsonists for causing most of the 105 fires that have left four people dead in Spain. There was fire everywhere, ' a Penacova resident told RTP television.

Winds from Hurricane Ophelia fanned the flames of the wildfires that Portuguese and Spanish authorities said were sparked by arsonists.

Civil Protection authorities in Portugal said that six people died and at least 25 were injured, a lot of them firefighters, during fires raging in central and northern areas of the country. "You don't see that in any other country in the world", said Ms Gaspar.

The fatalities in Portugal occurred in densely forested parts of central and northern part of the country after blazes broke out in "exceptional" weather circumstances, a Civil Protection Agency spokeswoman said.

The national weather office is forecasting rain and cooler temperatures in Galicia starting Monday, which officials hope will help put out the flames.

One of the worst-hit areas in Portugal is near the city of Lousa in the Coimbra region, where 650 firefighters were battling blazes. "We have never deployed so many means at this time of the year", he said.

It is estimated that at least 5,000 hectares of land have been destroyed in Galicia and it has been reported on Monday that there are now 35 focal points in the neighboring region of Asturias.

Alberto Nunez Feijoo, Galicia's president, has claimed 90% of the forest fires in the area are intentional - adding: "All of Galicia is weeping this morning for our razed hills, but especially for the loss of human lives".

"What we are experiencing here does not happen by chance, this was provoked", he said after observing a minute's silence for the victims in the town of Pazos de Borben.

Five wildfires were raging near Vigo, Galicia's biggest city, forcing authorities to close schools, roads and factories - with people taking shelter in sports centres and hotels.

"The whole city looked like a ball of fire, surrounded by flames on all sides", he said. Two of the victims were found in a charred auto and the other one was an elderly man who died when trying to put out the flames in his house. 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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