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Major forest fire in Portugal's Madeira islands burns homes

  • A firefighter works to stop a fire in Quintela, near Arouca, in the region of Aveiro, northern Portugal, Tuesday Aug. 9 2016. The National Civil Protection Service said some 2,900 firefighters were in action Tuesday fighting dozens of fires. The worst-hit areas were in northern Portugal, where temperatures have exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) since Saturday. (AP Photo/Sergio Azenha)

    A firefighter works to stop a fire in Quintela, near Arouca, in the region of Aveiro, northern Portugal, Tuesday Aug. 9 2016. The National Civil Protection Service said some 2,900 firefighters were in action Tuesday fighting dozens of fires. The worst-hit areas were in northern Portugal, where temperatures have exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) since Saturday. (AP Photo/Sergio Azenha)  (The Associated Press)

  • A firefighter works to stop a fire in Quintela, near Arouca, in the region of Aveiro, northern Portugal, Tuesday Aug. 9 2016. The National Civil Protection Service said some 2,900 firefighters were in action Tuesday fighting dozens of fires. The worst-hit areas were in northern Portugal, where temperatures have exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) since Saturday. (AP Photo/Sergio Azenha)

    A firefighter works to stop a fire in Quintela, near Arouca, in the region of Aveiro, northern Portugal, Tuesday Aug. 9 2016. The National Civil Protection Service said some 2,900 firefighters were in action Tuesday fighting dozens of fires. The worst-hit areas were in northern Portugal, where temperatures have exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) since Saturday. (AP Photo/Sergio Azenha)  (The Associated Press)

  • Burnt trees line a road, Tuesday, Aug. 9 2016, near Agueda, in the region of Aveiro, northern Portugal. The National Civil Protection Service said some 2,900 firefighters were in action Tuesday fighting dozens of forest fires. The worst-hit areas were in northern Portugal, where temperatures have exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) since Saturday. (AP Photo/Sergio Azenha)

    Burnt trees line a road, Tuesday, Aug. 9 2016, near Agueda, in the region of Aveiro, northern Portugal. The National Civil Protection Service said some 2,900 firefighters were in action Tuesday fighting dozens of forest fires. The worst-hit areas were in northern Portugal, where temperatures have exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) since Saturday. (AP Photo/Sergio Azenha)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say a major forest fire in Portugal's Madeira Islands has destroyed at least six homes and forced the evacuation of more than 200 people.

Meanwhile, cooler overnight temperatures helped firefighters battle wildfires that have raged for several days on mainland Portugal.

Cable news channel S.I.C Noticias showed flames licking at homes around Madeira's capital Funchal on Tuesday as it encroached on the city's suburbs. Eight firefighters required medical treatment after inhaling smoke as high winds fueled the blaze in the island off northwest Africa. Patients were evacuated from a small hospital as a precaution.

The National Civil Protection Service said nine major wildfires were out of control in mainland Portugal. Almost 3,400 firefighters with 18 water-dumping planes and some 1,160 vehicles were in action.