Mayor Basílio Horta explained to Lusa, the decision was taken this morning by the municipality's crisis office and implies a ban on the movement of people and vehicles, parking and permanence of vehicles within the forest perimeter, with the exception of vehicles for residents and companies based there, aid, emergency and Civil Protection.

With the closure of the entire perimeter of the Sintra mountain range, in the district of Lisbon, all monuments that “have to do directly or indirectly with the forest space”, namely the Palaces of Pena, dos Mouros, Monserrate, Quinta da Regaleira and Convento dos Capuchos, will be closed until at least Friday.

“We are very aware of this moment of urgency that we are experiencing. Sintra is a municipality with peculiarities because we have an extensive rural area, an extensive forest area and an extremely concentrated urban area. Therefore, we have added problems that we have to face and solve”, justified the mayor.