Nine air assets go all out to quell Bensafrim's fire

EN120 remains cut off

The fire seen from the air, from the SkyDive Seven plane – Photo: João Lopes|SkyDiveSeven

There are already nine air resources, including heavy and medium aircraft and heavy and light helicopters, fighting the fire that this morning it broke out in the Feiteira area, near Bensafrim (Lagos). It's all in all to quell the fire before sunset, when air assets will no longer operate.

While the EN120 road, which connects Lagos to Aljezur, remains cut, since mid-afternoon the fire has been reduced to a front, which has been consuming mainly the stone pine forest located in the vicinity of the town of Bensafrim.

On the ground, there are 183 firefighters operating from across the Algarve, supported by 61 vehicles, as well as several crawler machines, consolidating the areas where the fire has already passed and trying to prevent the progression of the flames in other areas.

However, the suspect of having given rise, "by accident", to the fire that broke out at 11:20 am, has already been identified by the GNR.

The Communications and Public Relations Officer of the Territorial Command of Faro GNR told our newspaper that the man was "cleaning the land" when he lit the flames, but that he "did not intentionally do it", "nor was acting illegally", since "the risk of fire was not prohibitive of this activity». The municipality of Lagos is today at “very high” risk, the second on a scale of five.

CMTV says that the man, of German nationality, was clearing the bush with a shredding machine next to his caravan, on land he owned.


See here the fire seen from the air, from the SkyDive Seven plane (Image: João Lopes|SkyDiveSeven):