Current ANEPC Warning To The Population.

No. AP / 12 / DCS / 2019

DATE 2019-05-10

TIME 4:00 p.m.

NOTICE TO THE POPULATION

RURAL FIRE WARNING

 

  1. SITUATION

According to the information provided by the IPMA, a significant change in the meteorological framework is expected from tomorrow, which should last until next Tuesday (14th May), characterized by a rise in maximum temperatures in the east, particularly on Sunday. Thus, it is expected:

 

  • Gradual rise in maximum temperature, with levels ​​above usual for this time of year, (30 to 35 ºC).
  • Relative air humidity (HRA) of less than 30% in most of the continent during the afternoon, with poor recovery of humidity at night.
  • East wind, sometimes strong (up to 45 km / h) from 12th May, especially in the Algarve region, with possibility of gusts.

This meteorological scenario will translate into an increase in the fire risk index between tomorrow 11th May and Tuesday, with favourable conditions for the rapid spread of fires, especially in the Algarve, Alentejo and inland regions (North and Central).

 

  1. EXPECTED EFFECTS

Considering this meteorological forecast, dry weather is expected with conditions favourable to the eventual occurrence and spread of rural fires.

 

  1. PREVENTIVE MEASURES

 

The ANPC reminds people that, according to the legal provisions in force, for places where the fire risk index is equal to, or higher than the HIGH level, it is prohibited to carry out the extensive burning of uncut vegetation (Queimadas.

For those places where the fire risk index is equal to or higher than the VERY HIGH level, it is not allowed to:

  • Carryout burning and lighting bonfires for recreation, leisure or cooking;
  • Use burning and combustion equipment intended for lighting or cooking;
  • Burn cut scrub and other waste piles, as well as any other kind of farm surplus;
  • Release 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.

 

ANEPC recommends adopting behaviour and attitudes regarding the situation of rural fire warnings, in particular by adopting the necessary precautionary measures in the use of fire in rural areas, taking into account the restrictions in force and paying particular attention to the evolution of the fire. The fire warning for the next few days, available at the ANEPC and IPMA websites, at the Forest Technical Offices of the City Councils and Fire Departments.

 

Communication and Awareness Division

Alcina Coutinho | 919 201 307

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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