Current ANPC Warning To The Population

No. AP / 36 / DCS / 2018

DATE 2018-08-31 TIME 17H00 NOTICE TO THE POPULATION

RURAL FIRE RISK

NATIONAL AUTHORITY OF CIVIL PROTECTION

  1. SITUATION

According to the information made available today, August 31, 2018 by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMPA), it is expected for the next days:

  • Maximum temperature between 34 and 38ºC south of the Montejunto-Estrela mountain system and between 30 and 34ºC in the rest of the mainland. On Saturday, it is expected to increase throughout the territory up to 40º C, gradually decreasing in the following days.
  • Relative air humidity between 10 and 20% in the central and southern interior regions, with no nigh time recovery.
  • Saturday and Sunday, moderate winds (up to 25 km / h) from the east quadrant, blowing from northwest on the west coast in the afternoon. Strong winds (up to 40 km / h) from northeast until late morning and at the end of the day in the highlands.

This meteorological situations means that there will be a very high and maximum risk of fires in the northern, central, upper and lower Alentejo and Algarve interior regions and high and moderate level in the rest of the territory.

  1. EXPECTED EFFECTS

Depending on the weather forecast, it is expected:

Hot and dry weather favorable to the eventual occurrence and spread of rural fires.

  1. PREVENTIVE MEASURES

The ANPC reminds people that, according to the legal provisions in force, it is not allowed:

  • Carrying out burnings and lighting bonfires for recreation, leisure or cooking;
  • Using burning and combustion equipment intended for lighting or cooking;
  • Burning cut scrub and other waste piles, as well as any other kind of farm surplus;
  • Releasing balloons with a lit fuse or any other type of rockets/fireworks;
  • Smoking, lighting fires or using naked flames of any kind in the forest spaces and paths/roads that surround them;
  • Fumigating and pest control in apiaries with devices that are not fitted with spark-retention devices.

The ANPC also reminds people of some special precautions to take, in view of the predicted meteorological conditions, in carrying out agricultural and forestry work, namely:

  • Keep machines and equipment clean of oils and dust;
  • Fill machines in cold and in a place with little vegetation;
  • Be careful to avoid sparks during handling of equipment, avoiding using them during hot periods.

The ANPC also recommends the need for everyone to adapt their behaviour and activities in view of the danger of rural fires, in particular by adopting the necessary precautionary measures, taking into account the existing prohibitions and paying particular attention to the evolution of the fire hazard to the next few days, available at the websites of the ANPC and the IPMA, with the Forestry Technical Offices of the City Councils and Fire Departments.

Communication and Awareness Division

Alcina Coutinho | 919 201 307

 

 

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