In a briefing at the headquarters of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), in Carnaxide, taking stock of the fires in Portugal, Commander André Fernandes added that on Thursday there were 91 fires in mainland Portugal, of which 84 were resolved quickly.
Another seven took more than an hour and a half to be controlled and three of these were still active today, in Benespera, in Guarda, in Marzagão, in the municipality of Carrazeda de Ansiães (District of Bragança), and in Ourém, in Santarém, after the fire in Sever do Vouga had been ruled as being out, today around noon.
Firefighting in Ourém “is evolving favourably”, with 439 operational personnel, 135 vehicles and three air assets in operation.
In Guarda, the right flank of the fire in Benespera remained with 90% of the fire under control and the remaining fire perimeter was under resolution, occupying 225 operational personnel, supported by 80 vehicles and an air force.
The fire in Carrazeda de Ansiães has two active fronts and was of concern to civil protection “due to its extent and, above all, because it is in an area of difficult access for on-foot forces”, said André Fernandes, noting that this fire was being fought by 226 operational, 73 vehicles and four air assets.
André Fernandes highlighted that so far there have been minor injuries, but nothing relevant in relation to damage or injuries in the fight against these fires.