The National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC) warned today of the danger of rural fire in the next 48 hours, taking into account IPMA forecasts of hot and dry weather.
In a statement, ANEPC states that the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) predicts, for the next 48 hours, hot and dry weather and a worsening of the risk of fire to a maximum level in the Algarve region and in the interior North and Center.
In this context, regarding the expected risks, that authority notes, in the notice to the population, of the “increased risk of fire, with favorable conditions for the eventual occurrence and spread of rural fires, as well as the increased difficulty of suppression actions, especially in the interior North and Center and South Region”.
The IPMA advances with “relative humidity values below 20/30% in the interior North and Center and in the South region, with weak overnight recovery”.
Added to this is the wind blowing from the east quadrant, turning to the west quadrant during the afternoon of the 02nd and becoming south/southwest, from the end of the day. On the 03rd, temporarily strong wind from the south/southwest, with gusts of up to 75 km/h, in the interior North and Centre, especially in the early afternoon.
ANEPC recalls that, in accordance with the legal provisions in force, “it is prohibited to burn extensively without authorization or without prior notice”.
“On days of very high and maximum fire risk, it is forbidden to use fire for cooking food throughout the countryside, unless used outside critical areas and in places duly authorized for the purpose”, “it is forbidden to fumigate or disinfest in apiaries, except if the fumigators have spark retention devices” and “use brush cutters, brush cutters and shredders”, and “the use of disc harrows” should also be avoided, the statement reads.
ANEPC recommends the adequacy of behavior and attitudes in the face of the danger of rural fire, namely the adoption of the necessary preventive and precautionary measures, in accordance with the legislation in force, and paying special attention to the evolution of the danger of fire in this period.