During the Critical Fire Period special regulations to prevent forest fires are effective in Portugal, especially the prohibition of burnings and fire clearings, but also the use of certain machines that can cause fire through flying sparks. Violations of these regulations can be fined with thousands of Euros.
The whole Portugal is in a severe drought and the fire risk is very high in many municipalities. The Critical Fire Period in Portugal lasts until the 30th of September but it will most likely extend until at least the 15th of October 2019.
Already 10,000 fire incidents happened in Portugal this year
Statistics issued by the ICNF note already almost 10,000 fire incidences in Portugal this year until September 2012, and burned areas of more than 35,000 hectares.
88 percent of the burned areas are forest stands and bushes, 11 percent are agricultural areas.
Portugal is in a severe drought and many municipalities are on red alert / maximum risk. Everyone is asked to comply with all the guidelines issued by IPMA and to alert the authorities to any abnormality.
Follow the Restrictions during the CRITICAL FIRE PERIOD (Red Alert)
In the period of maximum forest fire risks you have to strictly follow the restrictions to avoid any fire. These restrictions are:
🚫 It is forbidden make extensive fires without authorization. Get information in your municipality or call 808 200 520
🚫 It is forbidden make pile burns without authorization. Get information in your municipality or call 808 200 520
🚫 It is forbidden to use of fireplaces and grills in all rural areas, except if used outside the critical areas and in places duly authorized for this purpose.
🚫 It is forbidden to smoke or to make any kind of fire in the forest areas.
🚫 It is forbidden to throw lit paper balloons and rockets. The use of fireworks is only allowed with the authorization of the City Council.
🚫 It is forbidden to fumigate or disinfest in apiaries unless the fumigators have devices to retain sparks.
🚫 It is forbidden to use motor-operated machines (except if they contain nylon wire), bush cutters and shredders on days of maximum risk. Avoid the use of disc harrows.
You are allowed to use motor-machines, bush cutters and shredders on days of reduced, moderate, high, and very high risk – but still be careful, it is very dry!
🚫 It is mandatory to use spark arrests and flameproof retention in the exhaust pipes and chimneys of internal and external combustion machinery in heavy transport vehicles, and 1 or 2 fire extinguishers of 6 kg, depending on whether the maximum weight is less than or exceeds 10 tonnes.
(Indications from the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere IPMA – Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera)
If you notice any abnormality please inform the authorities IMMEDIATELY. CALL 112 !
Here you can find Information about the Fire Risk Level in your Region
Alert Levels of Fire Risk
The Website of the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere IPMA (Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera) has a a map with the current fire risk levels in the districts of Portugal with a forecast for 5 days: http://www.ipma.pt/pt/riscoincendio/rcm.pt/index.jsp#
Also on the ICNF-Website you can find out the fire alert level for your district: http://www2.icnf.pt/portal/florestas/dfci/risco-temporal-de-incendio
The ICNF Portuguese Institute for Nature and Forrest Conservation (Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas) has an interactive map of heat levels in Portugal: https://fogos.icnf.pt/localizador/mostragooglemapsheatmaps.asp
ICNF — Portuguese Institute for Nature and Forrest Conservation (Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas) https://www.icnf.pt/
IPMA — Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere IPMA (Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera) https://www.ipma.pt
Forest Fire Defense System – Plano Nacional de Defesa da Floresta Contra Incendios: https://poseur.portugal2020.pt/media/4140/plano_nacional_defesa_floresta_contra_incendios.pdf