Wildfires: Portugal not returning to situation of alert

Portugal will not be returning to a situation of alert regarding the risk of rural fires, secretary of state for Interior Administration Patrícia Gaspar has confirmed today although it has been decide to increase the ‘special state of alert’ for combat teams in the districts of Beja and Faro, principally due to the likelihood of wind. Special state of alert means firefighters, Civil Protection and police forces will be at maximum levels of ‘readiness’ in case of outbreaks. IPMA meteorological institute has put than 80 boroughs in the districts of Bragança, Vila Real, Guarda, Coimbra, Viseu, Santarém, Castelo Branco, Portalegre and Faro at ‘maximum risk level’ for rural fires today. Forecasts for next week are that the country faces “a typical summer scenario”, which is elevated risk at a time of severe drought.