The fires spread across four fronts near the Pedrogao Grande, Secretary of State for the Interior Jorge Gomes said. The ceremony took place before the teams' match Sunday at the Confederations Cup tournament. Sunday's fire in Pedrógão Grande, however, has shocked local officials with its deadly scale.
Another 17 bodies were found next to the roads and 10 were recovered from the rural areas surrounding them.
Portugal has been experiencing a recent heatwave, with temperatures soaring to more than 40C in some areas.
Since noon on Saturday when the fire started in a mountainous area of the central Leiria district, measuring some 128 square kilometers, it has spilled over to another three municipalities: Castanheira de Per in Leiria, Figueiro dos Vinhos, and Gois. "At this time of loss, my thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims", said Mr. Guterres. Many people died because of getting trapped in their cars.
Portuguese firefighters work to stop a forest fire from reaching the village of Avelar in central Portugal at sunrise Sunday.
Media in Portugal said the fire is no closer to being contained despite about 600 firefighters working to put them out.
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He reported that at least 18 people were "burned to death in their cars", while several others died from smoke inhalation. "It is an authentic inferno, we have never seen anything like that", Pedrogao Grande Mayor Valdemar Alves told reporters.
The prime minister said the emergency services acted as fast as they could but acknowledged that some of the efforts like alerting the population might have been hindered because the blaze had ruined phone lines and communications towers. France was also sending three aircraft and Greece's prime minister also offered to send firefighting help.
Pope Francis has led thousands of people in a moment of silent prayer for the victims of the Portugal fire. "We were afraid the fire would reach us".
Costa said that while investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the fire, authorities believe that the high temperatures of 40 Celsius in recent days may have played a part.
The authorities said very low smoke clouds prevented helicopters and fire planes dropping water on the flames efficiently for most of the day. According to local reports, more than 50 people have been killed so far.