LATEST UP DATE 1930 HRS
Estrada Nacional 268, which connects the municipalities of Vila do Bispo and Aljezur and passes through Carrapateira, is ” subject to traffic control by the GNR. A total of 316 operatives supported by 94 vehicles and 11 helicorters /aircraft are deployed.
LATEST UPDATE 1830 HRS
THE FIRE HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO A MAJOR INCIDENT BY ANEPC
At this time the number of deployments has increased to 274 including 68 GNR of whom 43 are GIPPS first response teams. Seven aircraft and 4 helicopters deployed.
PREVIOUS UPDATE 1740 HRS
Motor homes and “people in homes scattered on the line of fire” that broke out at 1255 hrs have been removed to Aldeia da Pedralva.
The information has just been provided by Vítor Vaz Pinto, district commander of Civil Protection of the Algarve.
According to Abel Gomes, second district commander, “25 to 30 people” were removed in a preventive manner from “scattered dwellings”.
The fire has two active fronts, none of which have terrestrial access.
The wind has been a difficulty in fighting the fire, foreseeing “gusts of 70 kilometers per hour”, said Vaz Pinto.
RESOURCES DEPLOYED 1823 HRS
Currently there are 274 personnel supported by 80 vehicles and 11 aircraft/helicopters fighting the fire.
Photos from FB Albertina Moi and from SCP FB page by Veronica Moody (the more distant one about an hour ago from Espiche)
A number of people in the Lagos area will see smoke due to the wind direction but the fire location is a long way to the north west.
PLEASE ENSURE – EVERYONE TAKES STEPS to avoid inadvertently causing a fire.
SITREP 1445 HRS 19TH JUNE
A rural fire has broken out at 1255 hrs at the above location.
As at 1445 hrs a total of 111 personnel were engaged, plus 31 vehicles, two helicopters and two aircraft.
The location of the start of the fire is 37,161642 and -8.855628
The fire is a bush area some distance from properties. Civil protection state that here is no information that any properties are threatened.
The direction of the wind is moving the fire towards the north west boundary of Lagos municipality.
The wind in the area is around 26 knots
Picture courtesy of Fogos.pt