Three people have died as wildfires raged in the city of Funchal, on the Portuguese island of Madeira. All three are said to have been elderly people whose homes caught fire. Over a thousand people have been evacuated from homes and hotels. Fires have also been raging on the mainland and there are reports of a fourth death in central Portugal. The government has triggered the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, which enables other European states to help. Italy has already released a Canadair aircraft to join the effort.