Golf resort

WATCH: Massive fire tears apart popular golf resort

An Algarve resort popular with visiting golfers has been hit by a huge fire.

Portuguese emergency services have been battling forest fires around Quinto do Lago, a destination for many golfers from the UK and Ireland.

Several villas were reportedly destroyed by the fire, caused by soaring temperatures, while tourists were evacuated.

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The resort, owned by Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien, has closed its golf courses due to the situation.

“Following the fire situation at Quinta do Lago, the management of the Quinta do Lago Group would like to reassure all of its residents that it is closely monitoring the situation with the competent authorities acting on site,” the company said.

“Some of the most critical areas close to the fire have been evacuated, as a precaution. We have also decided to close our golf courses, sports facilities and retail outlets to ensure the well-being of our residents and guests.

“We would also like to appeal to the whole community to remain calm, to keep informed as the local authorities are working hard on the ground. Protect yourself.

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The fires are also affecting nearby settlements such as Vale do Lobo and Vila Sol, including residential areas.

However, authorities insist the situation at Quinta do Lago is under control.

Photo: Twitter/Varandas do Lago