The Portuguese government has decided to issue the alarm condition across its territory on Monday and Tuesday due to the development of fires in the country and weather forecasts that could exacerbate the situation.
“In view of the weather forecast for the coming days, which shows a significant increase in the risk of fires in rural areas, the ministries for internal administration and climate protection approved the declaration of the alarm situation across the continent this Sunday,” said the minister for internal Administration in a statement.
The agency justified its decision with the need to take “preventive measures” given the “maximum” fire risk in the country. In addition, the Twitter social network broadcast that access, work, use of fireworks and burning in forest areas are prohibited.
Six forest fires occurred this Saturday, mobilizing a total of 1,177 agents and 377 vehicles, most of them in the city of Castelo Branco, and, according to the Lusa authority, relocated the civil defense.