Firefighters have extinguished two major forest blazes in Portugal, which burned for more than 30 hours and claimed the life of one person.

Emergency services remain on high alert across the country amid a forecast of continuing hot temperatures and strong winds.

Around 800 firefighters were deployed at nine wildfires in northern Portugal early today.

More than 7,300 firefighters and almost 2,000 vehicles attended 289 major forest blazes yesterday.

The largest outbreak was in Ourem, near Leiria, where a blaze that started on Sunday killed a 54-year-old farmer.

That fire was brought under control in the early hours of this morning.

Portugal has asked for four water-dumping aircraft, after a helicopter being used in the operations crashed.

Two people were injured in the incident.