In an effort to simplify the procedure to report requests to burn debris in the cleaning of land and scrubland waste, the ICNF have launched an APP.
Upon making a request through the App the applicant receives an automated response based on ‘real time’ local information, such as the prevailing weather conditions and the fire siutuation in recent days.
The system generates a response based on the risk conditions for the requested day. The applicant will have to register online and then request authorisation to undertake a controlled burn. The reply is received by SMS or email.
The ICNF, in collaboration with the GNR and the National Association of Municipalities also provides a support line that allows applicants to ask questions and to access advice on how to register.
The helpline number (808 200 520), is associated with the SOS Environment and Territory Line of the GNR, is free and works from 0900 to 2100 hrs.
The uncontrolled burning debris and scrubland contributes to the high percentage of fires in Portugal that are attributable to human causes – around 98%. The new App will help to change behaviour so that such burnings can be undertaken safely.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IT IS STILL THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THOSE UNDERTAKING CONTROLLED BURNING TO FOLLOW THE SAFETY GUIDELINES
The App can be accessed on the ICNF website, https://fogos.icnf.pt/InfoQueimasQueimadas/.
CLICK ON THE ACCESS BUTTON TO REGISTER