Algarve and Baixo Alentejo on red alert due to fire risk

Decision is due to the intensification of the wind

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The districts of Faro and Beja will be on red alert, this Monday and Tuesday, due to the risk of fire. The information was released this afternoon at a press conference at the Civil Protection headquarters in Carnaxide.

André Fernandes, Civil Protection Commander, said that, due to the intensification of the wind, it was decided to "raise the special alert status for the fire-fighting device to the red level in the districts of Beja and Faro, during the next two days.

In practice, this means that there will be a reinforcement of resources, either firefighters or GNR military personnel, in these two districts.

Despite the red alert in the Algarve and Baixo Alentejo, at national level, it was decided that Portugal will not return to the alert situation in the coming days.

Patrícia Gaspar, Secretary of State for Internal Administration, said that it will not be necessary to “activate the alert situation”, although the risk of fire remains due to the extreme drought situation.

Therefore, the official appealed to «caution» and «precaution», because «all care is still too little».

Even if Portugal is not on alert, at least until next Tuesday, when the situation is reassessed by the Government, the entire Civil Protection device remains on the ground at full capacity.

In addition to this red alert, due to the risk of fire, the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere also placed the Algarve under orange warning, until this Monday, at 18:00, due to the hot weather. Between 18:00 pm tomorrow and 18:XNUMX pm on Tuesday, the warning turns yellow.

In the district of Beja, a yellow warning is also in effect, due to the persistence of high values ​​of the maximum temperature, until Tuesday, at 18:00.