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Lisbon, March 22, 2022 (Lusa) – Around 1,000 parishes were identified this year as priorities for cleaning forests, as part of measures to combat rural fires, according to an order published today in Diário da República.

The order adds that there are 1,001 priority parishes for the purpose of monitoring fuel management this year, one less than in 2021.

In a statement, the Ministry of Internal Administration states that “the identification of these priority parishes allows an efficient use of the human and technical resources of the entities involved in the inspection of compliance with the rules for cleaning the land, in a territorial dimension that exceeds six million hectares”.

“The timely treatment of the accumulation and continuities of vegetation within the scope of the secondary network of fuel management strips is one of the main measures that contribute to the protection of people, animals and property against rural fires”, says the order signed by the secretary of health. State for Internal Administration, Patrícia Gaspar, and by the Secretary of State for Nature Conservation, Forests and Territorial Planning, João Paulo Catarino.

However, the document indicates that the definition of these priorities “does not exempt inspection agents from complying with all the provisions set out in the legislation for the management of rural dwellings, and does not limit their scope of inspection to the aforementioned areas and deadlines”.

According to the order, the inspection of fuel management in the 1,001 priority parishes is carried out between 1st and 31st May on land adjacent to buildings in rural areas (within a range of 50 meters) and population centers, as well as campsites, industrial parks, logistics platforms and sanitary landfills in forest areas (within a range of 100 meters).


There priority parishes in the Algarve for inspections are: Aljezur. Bordeira. Ameixial. Salir, Alferce. Marmelete, Monchique, São Brás de Alportel, Cachopo, Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo, Vila do Bispo e Raposeira, Monte Gordo and Vila Real de Santo António.

The order with full list of parishes can be downloaded here:

Details on Land cleaning here:…/land…/

COMMENTThis does not mean that those properties not included in these parishes will not be inspected. If properties are overgrown these still need to be cleaned and are liable for inspection.