More than 1000 operatives fight fires in Ourém and Mafra
The fires in the municipalities of Ourém and Mafra mobilized more than 1,000 workers at 10:30 pm this Sunday, with the active fires in mainland Portugal being the main concern, according to Civil Protection.
According to information available at 10:30 pm, this Sunday, on the website of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), the fire that started at 3:25 pm in Casal do Ribeiro, municipality of Ourém, district of Santarém, mobilized 567 operatives, with the support of 167 vehicles.
During the afternoon of this Sunday, the fire caused power cuts, forced the removal of people from a river beach and was close to homes, with firefighters carrying out perimeter defenses, according to local authorities.
In the fire that has been raging since 15:33 in Avessada, municipality of Mafra, district of Lisbon, 454 firefighters were on the ground, at 22:30, with the support of 133 land resources.
Hugo Santos, Lisbon’s district operational commander, said at 10:30 pm that the fire had two active fronts, but combat operations were proceeding favorably.
Despite admitting that the weather conditions are not favorable, due to the high temperature, the official said, in statements to CNN Portugal, that the objective is to control the fire during the night and ensure that there is no reactivation afterwards.
Fire in Alenquer and Amarante
Also in the district of Lisbon, in Bairro, municipality of Alenquer, the fire that started at 15:41 mobilized 110 operational personnel and 35 land assets.
According to Civil Protection, the fire in Sanche, municipality of Amarante, district of Porto, is also on the list of the most worrying fires, and mobilized 107 firefighters and 30 land assets.
The District Command of Relief Operations (CDOS) of Porto explained late Sunday afternoon that the forest fire had two active fronts but without infrastructure at risk.
Fire in Paços de Ferreira dominated
The fire that broke out this Sunday in Meixomil, Paços de Ferreira, and headed towards Santo Tirso, was considered dominated by 19:15, a source from the Civil Protection of Porto told Lusa.
According to the District Relief Operations Command (CDOS) of Porto, the fire, which started around 12:30, was considered to have been subdued at 19:15 and consolidation work is underway.
The commander of the Tirsenses Volunteer Firefighters, Vítor Pinto, said that “a vast area was affected and it is necessary to maintain vigilance”, in statements to journalists on the ground, explaining that the fire reached an area of bush and forest “quite dense” with difficult access.
Despite the difficulties, there was no damage to any infrastructure, he added.
Vítor Pinto also underlined that the many aerial assets that were deployed allowed an expanded attack on fire.
According to information available at 8:15 pm this Sunday on the website of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), 161 operatives were still mobilized on site, supported by 47 vehicles.
Fire in Monsanto Forest Park
There are 58 operatives supported by 16 vehicles fighting a fire in the Monsanto Forest Park, according to the website of the National Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC).
The fire started in an area of bush, next to IC7 and Hospital S.Francisco Xavier, which are enveloped in intense smoke.
According to ANEPC, the alert appeared at 15:10 this Sunday.
About 120 municipalities in maximum danger of rural fire
About 120 municipalities located mainly in the north and center of the country present maximum danger of rural fire this Sunday, according to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA).
Most municipalities in the North and Center are at maximum risk of fire, the Algarve is tending to be at very high risk and almost all of Alentejo at high risk of fire, according to the IPMA.
Only 21 municipalities on the mainland are at moderate risk of fire, located in a yellow strip along the coast of the west coast, between Oliveira do Bairro (Aveiro) and Póvoa de Varzim (Porto) and in the West region, in addition to the municipalities of Setúbal, Sines, Albufeira, Faro and Olhão.
According to the IPMA, only the municipality of Esposende, in Braga, is without risk of fire, this Sunday.