Authorities focus on reforestation in aftermath of Sintra-Cascais fire

By TPN/Lusa, in World · 11-10-2018 11:06:00 · 0 Comments

The fire that blazed through the Sintra mountain range on Saturday night has been put out and it is now time to clean up and prepare for reforestation of the burned area using native trees, the Mayor of Cascais said late on Sunday night.

Cascais Mayor Carlos Carreiras said following the blaze the “concern is also focused on the logistics of reforestation of the mountains, making use of our genetic forestry bank, which has 5,000 trees and bushes of native species,” he noted.
“This fire did not in fact begin in the Cascais council area and did not spread to the most critical areas, which were the densest part of the forest, because that has been worked on and put in order, and that has led to good results,” noted Carreiras.
The fire began on Saturday in the Peninha area in the Sintra mountain range west of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, and spread to the Cascais area. It was under control by late Sunday morning.

The fire injured 21 people including 10 firefighters and one civilian who were taken to hospital. 10 firefighters were treated at the location and returned to fighting the fire.


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