Serra da Estrela fire burns 16% of natural park

Written By Lara Silva

The fire in Serra da Estrela began on August 6 and has already destroyed 16% of the natural park, reports CNN Portugal. The fire reactivated on Monday, and over 1,300 firefighters were at the scene by Tuesday night. The areas of Manteigas, Covilha, and Guarda have been affected.

A total of 14,000 hectares have been destroyed, and all of the burnt trees will have to be taken down.

Andre Fernandes, the national commander of the Civil Protection said in a press conference that the fire has “a violent behavior, in many areas with an elevated intensity.” 

Various villages were evacuated as people fleed their homes to safety. 24 people were injured in the fire in Serra da Estrela, three people seriously.   

Along with the fire in Serra da Estrela, around 50 municipalities in the north, center, Alentejo, and the Algarve are classified under maximum fire risk.

This year, 68 people have been arrested under suspicion of starting forest fires, 16 more than last year. A lot of these cases are not deliberate.

For example, in Albufeira, the police arrested a 50-year-old that started a “queimada” (small controlled fire to fertilize soil or burn unnecessary plants), and the situation got out of control. 

Portugal is set to enter a third heat wave on August 20.

According to the Portuguese Institute of the Ocean and Atmosphere, the next few days will be hotter, and temperatures could reach 40 degrees. This will make fighting fires harder.

Serra da Estrela

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Follow Us

144FansLike
55FollowersFollow
62FollowersFollow
Booking.com

Most Popular

Fall Guide to Lisbon: Fall Activities in Lisbon 2022

Fall brings with it the changing color of the leaves. Gold, red, and orange fill the trees in parks and roads in Lisbon, creating...

Where to Buy a House in Portugal

Although during the 2008 economic crisis, the Portuguese real estate market was hit hard, today, buying property in Portugal won’t only provide you with...

9 Downsides To Living in Portugal

Although the positives outweigh the negatives, living in Portugal is not perfect. While many travel bloggers out there only highlight the pros of living...

Latest Articles