High fire risk in Portugal

in News · 15-06-2020 12:16:00 · 4 Comments

Twelve municipalities in the districts of Faro, Santarém, Portalegre and Bragança on 15 June have a very high risk of fire, according to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA).

At risk are the municipalities of Abrantes, Sardoal, Mação (Santarém), Gavião (Portalegre), Alfândega da Fé, Torre de Moncorvo, Freixo de Espada à Cinta (Bragança), Loulé, Tavira, São Brás de Alportel, Alcoutim and Castro Marim (Faro).

The IPMA also placed several municipalities in the districts of Faro, Beja, Santarém, Castelo, Branco, Portalegre, Guarda, Viseu, Vila Real and Bragança at high risk.

This fire risk determined by the IPMA has five levels, ranging from reduced to maximum.

The calculations for this risk are obtained from air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and amount of precipitation in the last 24 hours.

The IPMA forecasts on 15 June in the northern and central regions of the continent very cloudy skies, generally appearing very cloudy in the Minho and Douro coast and light rain or light showers in the Minho from the early morning, gradually extending to the remaining regions, being infrequent in the interior.

Generally weak wind from the west quadrant is also expected, blowing moderate to strong in the highlands, in particular from the central region, morning fog or mist in some places and a small rise in temperature.

In the southern region, it is expected to be lightly cloudy or clear, increasing in cloudiness by high clouds from the afternoon, and generally weak wind from the west quadrant, blowing, from the afternoon, moderate in the coastal strip and moderate to strong in the highlands.

The forecast also points to morning fog or mist in some places and a small rise in temperature.

The minimum temperatures will vary between 8 degrees Celsius (in Bragança and Guarda) and 15 (in Faro) and the maximum between 18 (in Guarda) and 28 (in Évora).


As far as I'm aware, the Camara is legally obliged to step in and do the work, and then pass the charge on to the landowner, presumably with prosecution. Otherwise, what's the point in the law?

By Ron from Other on 17-06-2020 09:59

It's not the Camara's responsibility....it's the landowner's. Unfortunately, looks like the landowners won't get fined in either of these situations....hence, a lawyer. That being done, then I'm sure you would be evicted. Hopefully fires avoid the properties...

By William from Other on 17-06-2020 03:00

We have a similar problem in Coimbra. The landowner is mates with the GNR.

By Ron from Other on 16-06-2020 02:39

I have been trying to get land cleaned and trees cut for 4 years but the landowner knows the President of the Camara and the manager for civil protection i asked civil protection why they wont clean the land and he replied to my translator that they only clean land for elderly poor people and i should go get a good lawyer! The GNR say it should be cleaned and trees cut and the Camara does not do their job. What can we do!!

By Sally Thornton from Lisbon on 15-06-2020 08:19
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