117 arsonists arrested so far this year

Authorities have arrested 117 people for the crime of arson this year, Tiago Oliveira president of the agency created to manage rural fires, announced yesterday, stressing that 60 of them remain in preventive custody. One of the most recent arrests was a 45 year old woman who spent a large part of Tuesday setting fires in the parish of Ferreira, Paredes de Coura. By the time she was arrested, she had set light to no less than 11 fires, all of which were dealt with by local firefighters before they took any kind of dangerous hold.