Aljezur fire: Six people evacuated

By Daisy Sampson, in News · 19-07-2019 19:50:00 · 2 Comments
Aljezur fire: Six people evacuated

Six people have been evacuated from their home in Monte Clérgio due to “intrense smoke” caused by the fire that broke out this afternoon and continues to rage.

UPDATE: 08:00 Fire now in resolution

Abel Gomes, from the National Authority of Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC) told Lusa that the six people were removed from three houses as a preventive measure, "to avoid being affected by the intense smoke."

According to the commander, the fire is burning on three different fronts: "one to the west that is dominated, another front that is yielding, and one to the south, the latter being the one that is causing the greatest concern."

Gomes said that reinforcements to fight the fire were being brought in from Lisbon with the aim of supporting the coordination of personnel and entities already on the scene.

The fire alert was initially raised at 3.27pm, 19 July, with fire fighting operatives being sent to the scene immediately.

Strong winds are making it difficult to tackle the blaze which at 7.45pm saw 8 planes, 213 operational personnel and 62 vehicles involved in fighting the Algarve fire.


Sorry. Previous comment should have stated time as 8.45pm

by Hugh Allan from Algarve on 19-07-2019 11:40:00

Around 7.45pm, the fire authorities started to open up roads which had been closed for about four hours as the fire was being contained. The general feeling seemed to be that the authorities had learnt from previous experience and acted quickly to contain a potentially devasting fire.

by Hugh Allan from Algarve on 19-07-2019 11:37:00
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