Almost 900 firefighters and 300 vehicles were still battling the blaze yesterday afternoon as scenes of devastation could be seen around the town.
More than 50 people were injured, five critically, including one child and four firefighters.
Portuguese PM Antonio Costa says the death toll is likely to rise.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino, attending the match in Russian Federation, also offered his condolences. It is an authentic inferno, we have never seen anything like that.
Portugal was hit by a series of fires previous year which devastated more than 1000 square kilometres of the mainland. EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides expressed his condolences for the victims in a statement, saying the "EU is fully ready to help".
Portugal's National Civil Protection Authority warned that high temperatures and potentially strong winds could aggravate the fire.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted that he is "overwhelmed by the tragedy at Pedrogao Grande".
Interior Ministry official Jorge Gomes has been quoted as giving the new figure on public broadcaster RTP.
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