Over 1,000 municipalities at ‘high risk’ of forest fires this year

By TPN/Lusa, in World · 10-01-2019 10:36:00 · 0 Comments

The Portuguese government has identified 1,142 municipalities with a high risk of forest fires this year and that need priority intervention, the Minister of Internal Affairs said, on Tuesday in parliament.

Eduardo Cabrita said, that the secretaries of state for civil protection and forestry have already concluded “the identification of priority areas of risk” based on the fires in 2018.
According to Cabrita, 703 are considered a first priority, that is, of higher risk, and 439 as second.

He stressed that “the country “has to do a lot better in forest cleaning”, and also said that in 2018, 12,200 fires were recorded, a 44 percent reduction over the last decade.


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