Portugal: More than 1,500 firefighters to avoid wildfire reignitions

More than 1,500 firefighters and five aircraft continue in operations in the fires in Serra da Estrela and Caldas da Rainha, currently in resolution, to avoid reignitions, the Civil Protection authority said on Thursday.

According to the national commander of the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC), André Fernandes, the two most worrying fires are in resolution, but firefighters remain in place to prevent reignitions, especially given that weather forecasts for the coming days point to an increase in temperatures and low humidity.

According to the official, who was speaking at the national headquarters of ANEPC in Carnaxide (Lisbon), 218 fires were recorded in the last four days, 50 of which were on Wednesday.

The fire that has been burning in Serra da Estrela for 11 days was reported as dominated at 21:30 on Wednesday and at 12:00 today was still in the resolution phase.

This fire broke out on 6 August in Garrocho, in the municipality of Covilhã, in the district of Castelo Branco, was dominated on Saturday, 13. However, it flared up again on Monday.

The fire consumed a substantial part of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, a protected natural area classified by UNESCO.

According to ANEPC, around 12:00 today, there were still 1,090 firefighters on-site, supported by about 350 vehicles.

The fire in Caldas da Rainha was dominated today at 04:25 and at 12:00 was still under resolution.

This fire broke out at 13:45 on Wednesday in Casais dos Rostos / Landal, in Caldas da Rainha, and spread to the municipality of Rio Maior.

At 12 pm, more than 400 firefighters were still at the scene, supported by 166 vehicles, and three aircraft, according to the ANEPC website.