Portugal is one of the EU countries most affected by forest fires

11.09.2020. According to the European Forest Fire Information System, Portugal is one of the European Union countries most affected by the fires.

As every summer, the fire does not spare Portugal. Last July, the Portuguese government declared a state of alert for several days due to various uncontrolled forest fires, such as the Oleiros fire where a fireman lost his life during extinguishing tasks.

Portugal is the European Union country most affected by the fire, according to data provided by the European Forest Fire Information System. During the past year, Portugal has been the region with the highest percentage of burnt territory and the fifth in number of hectares destroyed within the European Union.

Information from the European Commission indicates that more than half a million hectares were lost to fire in 2017, making Portugal the leading country in terms of area burned (41%).

Between 1990 and 2017, 40% of the 278 continental municipalities have seen an area equivalent to more than half of their territory burned. The municipalities that have been most affected have been: Cinfães (north) and Mação (centre) as they have lost almost twice their total area.

The Iberian Centre for Research and the Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO) is contributing to the cooperation between the Euroregion Alentejo – Andalusia – Algarve to prevent fires by trying to improve coordination and action between the regional governments involved.

Beatriz Martínez Muñoz
European projects and communication technique at the Finnova Foundation