>> At least 30 people have died as wild fires rage through parched farmlands and forests in Portugal and neighboring Spain. 27 of those deaths coming in Portugal, where authorities say they are still battling about 145 blazes, around 100 fires are still burning in Spain. Lisbon has declared a state of emergency in territory north of the Tygart River, about half of its landmass.
The country's Interior Minister blaming climate change as the government asked for international help. Flames have ripped across countryside left tinder dry by an unusually hot summer and early autumn. They’ve been fanned by strong winds as remnants of ex hurricane Ophelia brushed the Iberian coast. Officials in Portugal and Spain say some fires are the result of arson.
Spain's Interior Minister said some of those responsible had already been identified. At least one person was arrested in Portugal too. The alleged arsonists could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted.