According to provisional data from the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF), this year there were 6,566 rural fires, which caused 57,940 hectares of burned area, 49% in forest areas, 38% in bush and 13% in agricultural area.
On July 8, when the risk of fire worsened with rising temperatures, the ICNF indicated that 12,473 hectares had burned since January 1, which means that 45,467 hectares burned in 13 days.
According to the report by the Agency for the Integrated Management of Rural Fires (AGIF), in 2021 there were 8,223 rural fires, resulting in 28,415 hectares of burned area.
ICNF data shows that this year the flames have already consumed more than twice as much as in the whole of 2021.
According to the ICNF, the area burned this year is the largest since 2017, when the Pedrógão Grande fire occurred, and the second largest since 2013.
Total burnt area double 2021 level - already
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