Current ANEPC Warning To The Population.

No. AP / 14 / DCS / 2019

DATE 2019-05-30

TIME 17.30 hrs

NOTICE TO THE POPULATION

RURAL FIRE WARNING

NATIONAL EMERGENCY AND CIVIL PROTECTION AUTHORITY

  1. SITUATION

According to the information provided by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), it is expected for the next days the hot and dry weather will continue, with the following persistent meteorological conditions favourable to the risk of fires:

  • Temperature levels ​​above normal for the season, especially in the Center and South regions.
  • Prevailing east quadrant wind, rotating temporarily to the north along the coastal areas during the afternoon, blowing moderate to strong in the highlands (up to 45 km / h) by the end of the morning and increasing again from the late afternoon (in particular in the Algarve and Trás-os-Montes regions).
  • Low relative humidity (HRA), which may be less than 15% in the whole of the South, in the Tagus Valley and in the Setúbal and Lisbon regions, and under 30% in the North and Center regions, with poor recovery at night. It is expected that these levels will decrease tomorrow, in the Algarve and Baixo Alentejo.
  • The percentage of water in the soil has not changed in recent days, remaining below 20% in most of the region south of the Tagus river and in the interior regions of North and Center.
  • These meteorological scenarios will translate into an increase in the fire risk index between tomorrow and Sunday, with favourable conditions for the rapid spread of rural fires.
  1. EXPECTED EFFECTS

Considering the meteorological information, favourable conditions are expected for the eventual occurrence and spread of rural fires, especially in the Central and Southern regions.

  1. PREVENTIVE MEASURES

For those places where the fire risk index is equal to or higher than the VERY HIGH level, it prohibited to:

  • The use of cookers and grills is prohibited in all rural areas unless used outside critical areas and in places duly authorized for this purpose;
  • It is forbidden to launch balloons with burning wicks and rockets. The use of fireworks is only allowed with the authorization of the City Council;
  • Fumigating and pest control in apiaries with devices that are not fitted with spark-retention devices.

Due to the declaration of the alert situation issued earlier 30th May 2019), it is still prohibited throughout the continental territory to carry out extensive burnings of uncut vegetation and burning of surplus exploitation (piled and cut vegetation). (This applies from 2359 hrs on, May 30 and 23:59 on 3rd June

ANEPC recommends adapting behaviour and attitudes to the situation of rural fire hazard, in particular by adopting the necessary and 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 risk, for the next few days, available at the ANEPC and IPMA websites, at the Forest Technical Offices of the City Councils and Fire Departments.

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