The provisional balance of fires in Europe exceeded 60,000 January, a record since the data since the satellites started to be initial data in 2006 hectares.
To be exact, there are 662,776 hectares of burned forest across the European Unionas updated this Sunday by the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS),
Of the entire Old Continent, the Iberian Peninsula has been the most battered. In Spain, for example, the forest fire that broke out in Losacio, Zamoraon July 17, it was contained today alone — 31,500 hectares burned.
In Portugal, Serra da Estrela was the area most recognized by UNESCO — the recognized natural park had 17,000 hectares of disappearing ash and debris.
The biggest of the fires, which started in Covilhã on the 6th, was subdued after a week and was still not considered an extinguisher, also mobilizing a rescue and safety device. In addition, others followed.
The most recent was that of Mizarela, in the municipality of Guarda, which broke out on Saturday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of the river beach of Aldeia Viçosa and the village of Soida. This fire was reported to have been subdued at 07:19 today.
It seemed like an idea that the worst is over, but it’s not time to rest, as the president of the Guard warned, who asked that the aftermath operations be of “a very tight and strong surveillance”.
“The wind continues at the first moment, as the blowing starts to help air resources”, since the air resources begin to help air resources. fires in the county broke out “in very serious areas, with very difficult or access [com acesso] almost non-existent”.
The mayor told the Lusa agency that next week the survey of the damage caused by the recent incidents at the site will be intensified, anticipating that “there is a lot of appropriate, from second homes that burn in Aldeia Viçosa – to small agricultural warehouses that burned and to the large forest patch that burned in the Serra Natural Park”.
Sérgio Costa claimed, therefore, that “no longer can there be a Marshall for the recovery of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park”, forever the different models “consecutive people and so that they continue to visit the territory more and more, which , unfortunately, has now become more weakened”.
On the part of the Government, the promise is that progress will be made with the causes of the great fires this will soon be fire extinguishers or fire in Serra da Estrela. “The Secretary of State for Civil Protection has the order prepared to be used as a fire extinguisher or fire in the construction mountain range, if you carry out an evaluation of the constructions, and of the method of fighting the biggest fires this year”, José Luís Carneiro, in the session commemorating the Day of the Municipality of Batalha.
The minister who, based on the assessment carried out in 2017, from the region started the fires in Ped (October) and in several areas with a hundred deaths, will be incorporated “a regular and permanent assessment team, composed of all the entities in the national system and by research and knowledge centres, in articulation with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education”.
In the meantime, while this is not enough, we must keep fighting arson. This year there have already been 119 suspects of forest fire crime, either by the GNR or the PJ.
If one of the fires that attracted the most attention — in Serra do Marão, in Vila Real, which started on Saturday night — was considered extinct, there is another that continues to spread dangerously.
More than 250 operatives fought a fire that broke out “with great violence” in the municipality of Tomar this afternoon and which has already spread to the municipality of Abrantes, Civil Protection told Lusa.
According to statements by commander Filipe Regueira, from the District Center for Relief Operations (CDOS) in Santarém, during the afternoon, the fire was “progressing with great violence” on both banks of the Zêzere River, in the municipalities of Tomar and Abrantes. , in the district of Santarém.
By 20:00, the flames were being fought by 260 operatives, supported by 80 vehicles and 10 air assets, he said. Also according to commander Filipe Regueira, given the “violence and speed” of the fire and the strong wind that is felt in the place, it was not possible to remove anyone from the scattered dwellings that exist in the area, having chosen to do “the confinement” of people in houses.