Faro and other Portuguese districts at maximum risk of fire

Written By Lara Silva

Over 80 counties in the districts of Braganca, Vila Real, Coimbra, Viseu, Santarem, Castelo Branco, Portalegre, and Faro are at maximum risk of rural fire, reports JN

The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) said that many other countries in Portugal are at high risk and very high risk of rural fire with a yellow warning.

Faro is under an orange warning, the second highest warning due to the heat. On Monday, temperatures are expected to reach 37°C, but will then cool down as the week progresses. 

However, there are finally 11 counties in the districts of Porto and Aveiro now at reduced risk of fire.

Temperatures will decrease at the beginning of the week all over the country, except in the Algarve, where a slight increase is happening today. 

Portugal is no longer under an “alert situation” since Thursday as the fires seem to be slowly declining. However, the government will decide today whether this should be reevaluated.

The rural fires in Portugal began around two weeks ago when Portugal began experiencing its hottest heat wave yet with temperatures reaching above 40ºC. 

Three people in total have died because of the fires. Last week, an elderly couple died in a car accident fleeing a fire in Murca. The week before, a pilot fighting the fires in the north of Portugal crashed in the region of Foz Coa.

In case of emergency call 112. 

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