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News                                         The Portugal News • 18 Aug 2018 3



  Europe’s biggest wildfire so far in 2018




                                                                                              of the GNR’s GIPS) and       association Safe Communities
                                                                                              humiliating to the Portuguese  Portugal, has praised
                                                                                              firefighters”, he said, adding that  Portuguese authorities for
                                                                                              “for each GNR member present  providing advice and warnings to
                                                                                              there should have been 95    help keep thousands of
                                                                                              firefighters”, which Marta Soares  foreigners and tourists in the
                                                                                              claims is the numerical ratio of  Algarve safe during last week’s
                                                                                              the forces in fighting fires.  fire.
                                                                                              Jaime Marta Soares said he   He said regular updates from
                                                                                              hopes that the person        entities such as the National Civil
                                                                                              responsible for the organisation  Protection Authority (ANPC),
                                                                                              of the ceremony “pays the    which are available in English on
                                                                                              consequences”, but says he also  Safe Communities’ facebook
                                                                                              hopes “it was not the Civil  page and website, were of “vital
                                                                                              Protection” authority.       importance” and reached some
                                                                                              The head of the Portuguese   80,000 people.
                                                                                              Firefighters’ League is due to  In comments to Lusa News
                                                                                              meet with Minister Eduardo   Agency, Mr. Thomas
                                                                                              Cabrita on 15 September to   acknowledged that “during a fire,
                                                                                              discuss the firefighters’ role in the  it is always difficult to provide
                                                                                              Organic Law of Civil Protection  ongoing information because
                                                                                              and the autonomous command   the situation can change rapidly”,
                                                                                              of firefighters.             but said he was “pleased” that
                                                                                                                           accurate information from the
                                                                                              What could have caused the
                                                                                              What could have caused the
                                                                                              What could have caused the   Government was made available
                                                                                              What could have caused the
                                                                                              What could have caused the
                                                                                              inferno?                     and updated information for the
                                                                                              inferno?
                                                                                              inferno?
                                                                                              inferno?
                                                                                              inferno?
                                                                                              Meanwhile, as the charred    foreign community and tourists
                                                                                              countryside seethes, several  was “given in a timely manner”.
                                                                                              theories have emerged as to  “That was very important”, he
                                                                                              what may have caused the fire.  said, adding: “I was in the police
                                                                                              PJ police are probing whether a  force and dealt with crisis
                                                                                              downed electricity line could  situations in other countries and
                                                                                              have sparked the flames, aided  there are always points that can
                                                                                              by soaring temperatures and  be improved, but I want to make
                                                                                              blustery winds. Others blame its  something very, very clear: this
                                                                                              lightning propagation on     was a very complicated fire, with
                                                                                              sprawling eucalyptus plantations  strong wind and changes of
                                                                                              – or the Algarve’s ‘green oil’, as it  direction, humidity below 10
                                                                                              referred to by some – although  percent, ground-level
  angry finger of blame while sharing his woes with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (R) during his Saturday visit
  angry finger of blame while sharing his woes with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (R) during his Saturday visit
  angry finger of blame while sharing his woes with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (R) during his Saturday visit
  angry finger of blame while sharing his woes with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (R) during his Saturday visit
  angry finger of blame while sharing his woes with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (R) during his Saturday visit
 fairs Minister Eduardo Cabrita (C). (Photo: Lusa/ Miguel  A.Lopes)Miguel  A.Lopes)
 fairs Minister Eduardo Cabrita (C). (Photo: Lusa/
 fairs Minister Eduardo Cabrita (C). (Photo: Lusa/ Miguel  A.Lopes)Miguel  A.Lopes)
 fairs Minister Eduardo Cabrita (C). (Photo: Lusa/ Miguel  A.Lopes)                           the regional forestry producers  temperatures above 40 degrees
 fairs Minister Eduardo Cabrita (C). (Photo: Lusa/
                                                                                              have been quick to leap to the  Celsius, and the fire reached
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       Malaise
       Malaise
       Malaise
       Malaise
                     president’s
                     president’s
       Malaise  over  president’s   pledged to the president of the  forces is there, then all should be  tree’s defence.  speeds of over two kilometres
                     president’s
                     president’s
       Monchique
       Monchique
       Monchique
       Monchique
       Monchique   reception        Portuguese Firefighters’ League  there”, argued Jaime Marta  Close to half of Monchique’s  per hour.
                   reception
                   reception
                   reception
                   reception
       However, President Marcelo   that he will ascertain who was  Soares, head of the Portuguese  40,000 hectares of terrain –  “The important thing is that
       Rebelo de Sousa’s visit to   responsible for the organisation  Firefighters’ League, after  about 15,000 hectares of which  people were removed from their
       Monchique on Saturday appears  of the ceremony that formally  meeting with the minister.  is covered by eucalyptus -  homes in time and, therefore,
       to have caused unease among  received the President of the  He spared no criticism of the only  perished in last week’s inferno,  there were no fatalities”, he
       firefighters. The reception created  Republic in Monchique.  force that did attend the  plus almost another 10,000  praised.
       malaise among  Bombeiros     “The point is that there should be  ceremony, the GNR’s GIPS  hectares in Silves.      Last year, according to Portugal’s
       because no members of the fire  no rite in these things, whether  prevention and rescue                             Institute for Nature Conservation
                                                                                              Updates for foreigners
                                                                                              Updates for foreigners
       service were present.        you are President, Prime     intervention squad.          Updates for foreigners       and Forests (ICNF), fires
                                                                                              Updates for foreigners
                                                                                              Updates for foreigners
       The Minister of Home Affairs,  Minister or Ministers. But if  “It was an absolutely    David Thomas, founder of crime  destroyed over 440,000 hectares
       Eduardo Cabrita, on Monday   ceremonies are held, if one of the  disrespectful attitude (on behalf  and safety prevention  of land in Portugal.
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